Following 2015’s Oscar-winning Spotlight and with ‘fake news’ now an ironic political clarion cry, The Post is a sobering if thrilling reminder of the fragility and importance of press freedom. Working together for the first time, Meryl Streep plays Washington Post publisher Kay Graham opposite Tom Hanks as the paper’s editor, Ben Bradlee. Freedom of speech and the paper’s survival are at stake if Bradlee publishes leaked documents exposing a government cover-up of secrets that spanned four US presidents. Screenwriters Josh Singer (Spotlight) and Liz Hannah weave a compelling narrative that pits integrity and public interest against the darkest political forces while revealing the human frailties of the characters Streep and Hanks so adeptly portray. With strong support from Jesse Plemons and Alison Brie, the whole is expertly orchestrated by Hanks’s favourite director, Steven Spielberg.
A rare insight into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years, this intimate documentary focuses on a community who have dedicated themselves to a monastic life in rural France. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.