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Mick Jackson – Denial #RomaFF11

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From the Book “Denial: Holocaust History on Trial” a film with Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Mick Jackson, director of Denial, from the 11th Rome International Film Festival.

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FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti meets Mick Jackson, at the 11th Rome International Film Festival to introduce his new film Denial, based on the book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial written by Deborah Lipstadt.

The film portrays the legal battle that Lipstadt was involved in against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Mick Jackson declares the uiversal importance of making films like this one as by talking about this very important and serious happening the discussion can lead to politics activity in denying unchallengeable truths.

DENIAL. 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.

A powerful story about one woman’s relentless efforts to establish justice and remind the world about the tragedies of the Holocaust, Denial is a gripping, inspirational real-life account based on Lipstadt’s book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial (previously published as History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier).

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Mick Jackson
  • Interviewee role
    director
  • Film title
    Denial
  • Festival section
    Official Selection
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