Denial is based on a very real story that started in 1996 when the right-wing British author and historian David Irving (Timothy Spall) filed a libel suit against a Jewish-American history professor Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and her British publisher Penguin Books for publishing a British edition of Lipstadt’s book ‘Denying the Holocaust’. In her book Lipstadt called Irving a Holocaust denier, falsifier, and bigot, and said that he manipulated and distorted real documents.
The movie is all about the Trial in the UK High Court where Lipstadt was forced to have to prove the very existence of the Holocaust itself.
Reviewed by queerguru aka Roger Walker-Dack for P.T.V.
Writer/director Mike Mills is revisiting his own family history again as the source for his latest movie. It served him well last time when in ‘Beginners’ he told the story of his father who came out as gay when he was 75 years old, garnering an Oscar for Christopher Plummer. This time around Mills’s focus is on his mother, and is set in the summer of 1979 when she tried to adjust to reality of being a single parent who had given birth late in life, and now has to deal with the coming-of-age of her teenage son.
Its been some 17 years since Del Shores’s movie Sordid Lives played for a record-breaking 96 weeks at the Palm Springs Movie Theater. Mainstream audiences elsewhere may have dismissed the movie all too quickly, but it wasn’t long before it became a beloved gay cult classic that even spurned a prequel TV series.
The plot is of course preposterous, but anyway its quite inconsequential and just a set-up for these larger-than-life characters to be outrageously rude to each other in the most hilarious fashion.