Director: Mick Jackson.
Starring: Timothy Spall, Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Alex Jennings. UK/USA 2016. TBC mins.
In her 1993 book Denying The Holocaust,, 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, obliging her under English law to prove in court that the Holocaust really happened. The ins and outs of this landmark battle are the subject of Denial, a captivating drama scripted by David Hare, with Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt and Timothy Spall as Irving. With its rich characters, topical theme and powerhouse performances, it is one of the winter’s most compelling titles, and a strong award season contender.