PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
at Alderman Peel School,
Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Dir: Mick Jackson. Cast: Timothy Spall, Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Alex Jennings, Andrew Scott
In 1993 American academic Deborah Lipstadt dubbed British historian David Irving “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial”. Irving was well known for his outspoken pronouncements, which included declaring that there had never been gas chambers at Auschwitz. Lipstadt was stunned, then, when he sued her for libel. Their landmark battle is the subject of this compelling courtroom drama scripted by David Hare. His screenplay stays true to the actual events; the dialogue from the courtroom scenes was taken verbatim from the court records. There are strong performances from Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, Timothy Spall as Irving, Tom Wilkinson as QC Richard Rampton and Alex Jennings as the Judge, Sir Charles Gray. “This film, telling its story with punchy commitment and force, was a breath of fresh air”. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.