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A Private War

Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), killed in 2012 whilst reporting from Syria.

Dir Matthew Heineman
Prod Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Matthew Heineman, Charlize Theron
Scr Arash Amel
With Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander
Sales Aviron Pictures

Sharp-minded Marie (a bewitching performance by Pike) had a fearless approach to capturing human stories in war zones. Widely recognised by the eye patch she insouciantly sported, the result of a grenade attack during an interview with Tamil Tiger rebels, Marie was a striking figure in London culture circles in the 2000s – as much at home with a Martini at a party as she was confronting Muammar Gaddafi in an interview shortly before his death. Aided by resplendent, visceral cinematography by Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight) and elegantly adapted by Arash Amel from Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article ‘Marie Colvin’s Private War’, Oscar-nominated Heineman has created a devastating portrait of a complex, brilliant woman. In every scene, Pike fiercely inhabits Colvin – occasionally arrogant, but also deeply compassionate and committed – who sacrificed her own safety and happiness to bear witness to the very human cost of armed conflict: ‘the people who have no voice’.

Tricia Tuttle

Mayor of London Film London

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