Berlin International Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, BFI London Film Festival
Academy Award® nominee Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness) brings to the screen the extraordinary and powerful story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine, which killed almost 10 million during The Holodomor of 1932 and 1933.
James Norton (Little Women, Happy Valley, McMafia) is the eponymous Gareth Jones, an ambitious Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. On leaving a government role, Jones decides to travel to Moscow in an attempt to get an interview with Stalin himself. Hearing murmurs of government-induced famine, Jones travels clandestinely to Ukraine, where he witnesses the atrocities of man-made starvation. Deported back to London, Jones publishes an article revealing the horrors he witnessed but is accused of being a liar by those who have an interest in silencing him. As the death count mounts, Jones has to fight for the truth.
Part human drama, part conspiracy thriller, Agnieszka Holland’s bold film channels an eclectic mix of ‘The Third Man’, ‘Hearts of Darkness’ and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’.
“Bold and heartfelt…a picture with sinew and strength” ★★★★ – The Guardian
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