• 2016
  • UK / US
  • 1h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mick Jackson
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of the trial.

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History is put on trial in the riveting true story of Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle with historian David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Rachel Weisz is on top form as the tenacious Lipstadt, who finds herself in a position where she has to defend herself and prove beyond all doubt that the Holocaust happened, while *Timothy Spall *is the personification of evil as the scowling, gaunt faced Irving. Adapted by David Hare from Lipstadt’s book about the case, this engrossing courtroom drama digests and presents complex issues with nuance as it builds up to a satisfying conclusion.

Directed by Mick Jackson | 110 mins

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23 Jan 20173 stars

Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall battle it out in court in this dry, Holocaust-themed drama

In the 'post-truth' era this dramatisation of a celebrated 1996 court case offers a timely reminder of the difference between fact and opinion. Although based on Deborah Lipstadt's book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, this BBC…

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