The May Fair Hotel Gala

The Front Runner

Hugh Jackman leads this pulsing political drama from director Jason Reitman (Tully, Juno, Up in the Air) detailing a watershed moment for the American press in its coverage of political life.

Dir Jason Reitman
Prod Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, Aaron L Gilbert
Scr Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman
With Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons
UK Distribution Sony Pictures Releasing

Democratic candidate Gary Hart (a prodigiously good Jackman) was the man to beat in the 1988 American Presidential campaign. Handsome, whip-smart, principled and with really great hair, he led George W Bush in the polls by double digits. America loved him, yet that all that changed in a week. Breaking unwritten rules on the personal discretions allowed politicians, the Miami Herald staked out Hart’s Washington apartment to expose his long-rumoured extramarital affairs, this one with beautiful blond Donna Rice. Following suit, other media camped outside his house, pursuing the candidate’s wife and daughter (Vera Farmiga and Kaitlyn Dever). Based on Matt Bai’s exposé All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, Reitman’s film centres on this extraordinary week. But this satisfyingly multi-layered script also probes Hart’s own attitudes – the sense of male entitlement that made him blithely unable to recognise how his behaviour would hurt the women involved. With J.K. Simmons shining as Hart’s campaign manager in an excellent ensemble (standouts also include Farmiga, Dever and Molly Ephraim, as one of the few women on Hart’s campaign team), this is a cracking, top-class political drama.

Tricia Tuttle

Additional information

All screenings have an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. Headphones are available on request at the venue.