A Private War

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A Private War
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMatthew Heineman
Produced by
Written byArash Amel
Based on"Marie Colvin’s Private War"
by Marie Brenner
Music byH. Scott Salinas
CinematographyRobert Richardson
Edited byNick Fenton
Distributed byAviron Pictures
Release date
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.4 million[1]

A Private War is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Matthew Heineman and starring Rosamund Pike as journalist Marie Colvin.[2] The film is based on the 2012 article "Marie Colvin’s Private War" in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner.[3][4][5] The film was written by Arash Amel and features Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander, and Stanley Tucci.[6] The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States on November 2, 2018. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Pike's performance,[7] and at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, the film earned nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Pike) and Best Original Song ("Requiem for A Private War").



The film was produced in Jordan and London,[8][9] and was shot by Robert Richardson.[10] It features an original song by Annie Lennox, entitled "Requiem for A Private War".[11]


In February 2018, Aviron Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film.[12] The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018,[13] and had its European premiere at the Mayor's Gala in the BFI London Film Festival.[14] It also screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival.[15][16][17] The film was released on November 2, 2018 in limited release, before expanding nationwide on November 16, 2018.[18] A Private War is slated for a UK and Irish release on 1st February 2019.[19]


On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 89% based on 89 reviews, and the average score is 7.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A Private War honors its real-life subject with a sober appraisal of the sacrifices required of journalists on the front lines - and career-best work by Rosamund Pike."[20] On review aggregator Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Variety called it "an incredibly sophisticated, psychologically immersive" film.[22]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Rosamund Pike Pending [23]
Best Original Song "Requiem for A Private War" by Annie Lennox Pending
Satellite Awards Best Independent Film A Private War Pending [24]
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Rosamund Pike Pending
Best Original Song "Requiem for A Private War" by Annie Lennox Pending


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  2. ^ Carey, Matthew (December 22, 2017). "Director Matthew Heineman On His Oscar-Shortlisted Doc 'City Of Ghosts': "The Hardest Film I've Made By Far"". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Galuppo, Mia (November 21, 2017). "Tom Hollander Joins Rosamund Pike in 'A Private War'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 21, 2017). "Tom Hollander Enlists In 'A Private War'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Mudano, Mike (January 18, 2018). "Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike in Forthcoming Biopic A Private War". Paste (magazine). Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (February 2, 2018). "Aviron Buys 'Serenity' With Matthew McConaughey, 'A Private War' With Rosamund Pike (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (magazine). Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Fujitani, Ryan (November 21, 2018). "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Could Use a Bit More Magic". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Clarke, Stewart (January 18, 2018). "Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in 'A Private War' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (magazine). Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Sommers, Kat (January 2018). "Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander and Jamie Dornan for 'A Private War'". BBC America. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (November 14, 2017). "Oscar-Winning DP Robert Richardson To Lens 'A Private War' With Rosamund Pike". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2018-09-12). "Annie Lennox Writes And Performs Original Song For 'A Private War' – Toronto". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  12. ^ Lang, Brent (February 2, 2018). "Aviron Buys Serenity With Matthew McConaughey, A Private War With Rosamund Pike". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  13. ^ "A Private War". www.tiff.net. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  14. ^ "62nd BFI London Film Festival programme announced". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (August 22, 2018). "Rosamund Pike's 'A Private War' to Open Mill Valley Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hamptons International Film Festival : A PRIVATE WAR". filmguide.hamptonsfilmfest.org. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  17. ^ "Matthew Heineman's A PRIVATE WAR to Close 2018 Woodstock Film Festival". VIMOOZ. August 24, 2018.
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (May 8, 2018). "Rosamund Pike's 'A Private War' Gets Awards-Season November Release". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  19. ^ "A PRIVATE WAR is in UK & IRISH Cinemas from 1st February 2019". Filmoria.co.uk. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  20. ^ "A Private War (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "A Private War reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  22. ^ Debruge, Peter (2018-09-30). "Film Review: 'A Private War'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  23. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (December 6, 2018). "Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List".
  24. ^ "2018 Nominees". International Press Academy. November 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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