A Private War
|A Private War|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Matthew Heineman|
|Written by||Arash Amel|
|Based on||"Marie Colvin's Private War"|
by Marie Brenner
|Music by||H. Scott Salinas|
|Edited by||Nick Fenton|
|Distributed by||Aviron Pictures|
|Box office||$3.8 million|
A Private War is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Matthew Heineman, and starring Rosamund Pike as journalist Marie Colvin. The film is based on the 2012 article "Marie Colvin’s Private War" in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner. The film was written by Arash Amel and features Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander and Stanley Tucci. 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. 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"), while director Matthew Heineman received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America.
In 2001, while trekking with the Tamil Tigers, Colvin and her crew are ambushed by the Sri Lankan Army. Despite her attempt to surrender, an RPG fires in her direction, wounding her to the point that she loses her left eye. Afterwards, Colvin decides to wear an eyepatch.
Diagnosed with PTSD, Colvin is still determined to look for new stories, and argues with her boss, Sean Ryan, about conflicts she wants to cover, including Iraq, where she meets war photographer Paul Conroy, and Libya. She lives in London when not traveling the world, and begins a relationship with Tony Shaw.
In February 2012, Conroy and Colvin decide to cover the conflict in the city of Homs, where they find 28,000 Syrian men, women, and children caught in the crossfire. After Conroy and Colvin send their story to Ryan, Colvin decides to appear on CNN to bring awareness to civilian casualties. As Marie, Paul, and another reporter, Rémi Ochlik, flee the building they had used as a media centre, the street is peppered with explosions. Paul, injured and shellshocked, wakes to find Colvin and Ochlik killed from the explosions and subsequent pile up of rubble. The movie ends with imagery of the devastated city of Homs, followed by an interview of the real Marie Colvin, with the quote: "You're never going to get to where you're going if you acknowledge fear."
The movie postscript reads: "Marie Colvin and journalist Remi Ochlik were killed in Homs, Syria, on February 22nd, 2012. Paul Conroy, despite being gravely injured, survives and continues to work as a photographer. Over 500,000 Syrian civilians have been killed since Colvin's death."
- Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin
- Jamie Dornan as Paul Conroy
- Tom Hollander as Sean Ryan, The Sunday Times' foreign editor and Marie's boss
- Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rita Williams, Marie's friend
- Faye Marsay as Kate Richardson
- Greg Wise as Professor David Irens
- Corey Johnson as Norm Coburn, another photographer
- Stanley Tucci as Tony Shaw
In February 2018, Aviron Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018, and had its European premiere at the Mayor's Gala in the BFI London Film Festival. It also screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival. The film was released on November 2, 2018, in limited release, before expanding nationwide on November 16, 2018. A Private War was released in the UK and Ireland on 15 February 2019.
On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 87%, based on 135 reviews, and the average score is 7.06/10. 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." On review aggregator Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|2018||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama||Rosamund Pike||Nominated|||
|Best Original Song||"Requiem for A Private War" by Annie Lennox||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Independent Film||A Private War||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama||Rosamund Pike||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"Requiem for A Private War" by Annie Lennox||Nominated|
|Directors Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film||A Private War||Nominated|||
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