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Denial 12 rating

Powerful, aggressively relevant courtroom drama restaging the trial that questioned the events of the Holocaust. Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall star.

Drama 2017 110 mins

Director: Mick Jackson



This powerful and bitingly relevant courtroom drama recounts historian Deborah Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. With the burden of proof on the accused, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

This dramatic, impactful and intellectually nourishing courtroom battle is brought to the screen magnificently by screenwriter David Hare and director Mick Jackson, who are indebted to thee brilliant lead performances from Weisz, Spall and Tom Wilkinson as Lipstadt’s barrister Richard Rampton. With the startling rise of contemporary phenomena like ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, Denial is an urgent reminder of the primacy of truth and justice.