Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 6, 2016 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:110 min.
Director:Mick Jackson
Producer:Gary Foster
Russ Krasnoff
Screenwriter:David Hare
Cinematographer:Haris Zambarloukos
Cast:Rachel Weisz
Andrew Scott
Timothy Spall
Tom Wilkinson
Print Source:Bleeker Street Media
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


It's the truth that is at stake when American historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) takes British Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) to task in print for his lies and over-the-top grandstanding. Claiming libel, Irving takes Lipstadt to court—in the UK, where, ironically, the burden of proof is on the accused. Lipstadt's legal team, including barrister Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), set out on a long journey of proof that takes them through mounds of research as well as through the rubble of Auschwitz. It's gripping at every level, with a stellar ensemble led by Weisz, Wilkinson, and Spall—who plays Irving with all the bravura of a confident narcissist. Avoiding mere courtroom drama, the intellectual and strategic jousting and the emotional turmoil involved are brilliantly balanced in David Hare's screenplay. In its exploration of freedom of speech versus perversion of truth, and the humanity underlying it all, this powerful film couldn't be timelier.

Additional Information

Mick Jackson(Director) is a British film and television director and producer. He is perhaps best known for The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, which was nominated for several MTV Movie Awards and became the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992. His other feature credits include Volcano, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, Clean Slate, L.A. Story and Chattahoochee. More recently Jackson has turned his attention to television, directing the highly acclaimed 2010 HBO movie Temple Grandin, for which he and Claire Danes won Emmys. Jackson also shared in the telefilm’s DGA Award (his fourth) and Peabody Award. The director was previously Emmy nominated for the Lifetime movie The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, starring Emily Watson; HBO’s Live From Baghdad (2002), starring Michael Keaton; and Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), with James Woods.