A Private War

A Private War - the GBY

We saw A Private War at a USA Film Festival screening at the Angelika Dallas theater in Mockingbird Station.  It is a very engrossing biopic about Marie Colvin, a foreign affairs correspondent for The Sunday Times, a London Paper.  She was a passionate, determined American journalist with a need to put a human face on the war experience.  Rosamund Pike (Beirut, Hostiles) portrays Colvin with conviction.  Jamie Dornan was unrecognizable under his beard as Paul Conroy, her photographer, who follows her from one front line to the next.  Tom Hollander (Breathe, Bohemian Rhapsody) is Sean Ryan, her supportive editor who stands by her through thick and thin. Stanley Tucci is her convenient love interest Tony Shaw.  To combat her demons and bouts with PTSD, she smoked and drank way too much.  Her strong desire to get her story often put herself and the people helping her in danger.  This movie is better seen in theaters to really get the emotional connection to the characters and the war scenes.

If pressed for a recipe, I would have to go with Tobacco Onion Strings due to all the smoking.

Our Rating for A Private War

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for A Private War

Official Synopsis for A Private War

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

A Private War TIFF Q & A


Principle Cast Rosamund Pike, Stanley Tucci, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander
Director Matthew Heineman
Screenwriter Arash Amel, based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner
Cinematographer Robert Richardson (Adrift, Breathe)
Editor Nick Fenton (American Animals, On Chesil Beach)
 Production Companies Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Thunder Road Pictures, Denver and Delilah Productions
Run Time 110 minutes
Genre Biography, War, Drama
Premier 2018 Toronto Film Festival

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