The acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” has been made into a film. The film, DENIAL, recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (played by Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall). She accused him of being a Holocaust denier, and he took court action against her for libel. In English law, the burden of proof rests of the defendant in libel cases so Lipstadt, along with her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), had to prove that the Holocaust occurred.
Mick Jackson, previous winner of an Emmy, has directed the movie. It’s produced by Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
It has all the markings of a typical awards drama. The performances of Weiscz and Timothy Spall are engaging. It’s refreshing to have a Holocaust movie that doesn’t relive the terrible crimes committed during the war.
Joining Weisz and Spall is Tom Wilkinson. Mick Jackson is directing. The script is written by David Hare.
This could be a movie that is a contender during awards season.