Adapted from Deborah E. Lipstadt's book History on Trial, this capable courtroom drama recounts the 1996 libel case that British writer David Irving filed against Lipstadt, an American historian, after she called him a Holocaust denier. Irving and Lipstadt may have been the opponents in court, but in the movie most of the friction is between Lipstadt, who wanted to turn the case into a great moral statement, and her legal team, who understood that, within the narrow confines of British law, they would have to prove Irving purposely published false statements in order to rehabilitate the Third Reich. As Lipstadt, Rachel Weisz delivers her usual brand of exquisite distress, but a frightfully gaunt Timothy Spall walks away with the movie as Irving; slimmed down, he's even more fearsome, his cheeks like hard parentheses and his eyes furiously large in his face. Mick Jackson directed a script by David Hare (The Hours, The Reader); with Andrew Scott and Tom Wilkinson.
Director: Mick Jackson
Producer: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Andrew Karpen and Guy Heeley
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter, Mark Gatiss, John Sessions, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Pip Carter, Jackie Clune, Will Attenborough, Max Befort, Daniel Cerqueira, Laurel Lefkow, Elliot Levey, Helen Bradbury, Jacob Krichefski, Abigail Cruttenden, Hilton McRae, Andrea Deck and Lachele Carl