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UK, USA 2016
For audiences aged 7 and above
|In 1996, the historian Deborah Lipstadt was pursued in the UK courts by the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, for calling him a falsifier of history in her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. This movie version of those events, written for the screen by David Hare and directed by Mick Jackson, stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt and Timothy Spall as Irving; it has been coolly received by some on the festival circuit, its drama dismissed as stagey and flat. I disagree. For me, it has clarity, urgency and overwhelming relevance. Because denial is fashionable again. Irving himself is gloating at the way "alt-right" fascists are threatening to make him and his poisonous flat-earthery acceptable once more. The US president himself believes in "alternative facts". So for me this film, telling its story with punchy commitment and force, was a breath of fresh air.
Peter Bradshaw / The Guardian
Director: Mick Jackson
Mick Jackson (born in 1943) is an award-winning British TV and film director. His oeuvre includes many big-screen hits, such as The Bodyguard (1992) starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Denial is Jackson's first full-length feature in 20 years.
|Screenplay: Deborah Lipstadtin kirjan History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005) pohjalta David Hare
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings
Production: Gary Foster & Russ Krasnoff / Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Shoebox Films, Participant Media & BBC Films
Copy: Park Circus