Directed by: Mick Jackson
Written by: David Hare
Based on the book by: Deborah Lipstadt
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall
Release Date: 9/30/2016
Running Time: 110 minutes
An American professor finds herself the defendant in a high-profile British libel trial that would impact the way the history of the Holocaust is told in Denial, a taut courtroom drama based on one of the most significant international legal cases in recent memory.
After historian Deborah Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory is published in the U.K., she is shocked to learn that British author David Irving (Timothy Spall), a prolific writer of texts on World War II, is suing her for libel. Even more surprising to the American academic, under U.K. libel laws she is presumed guilty unless she can prove herself innocent. Lipstadt finds herself in the position of not only defending herself, but establishing beyond a doubt that the Holocaust took place. Passionate, fiery and independent, Lipstadt refuses to settle the case and demands her day in court. With the cards solidly stacked against her, Lipstadt’s British legal team, led by solicitor Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott) and barrister Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), presents her with a confounding strategy: neither she nor any Holocaust survivors will be called to the stand.
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