Drama centers on a legal battle with a Holocaust denier
Rachel Weisz is committed to the truth in an exclusive clip from the new courtroom drama Denial, but she may not have the opportunity to bear witness.
Based on the 2005 memoir History on Trial, the film stars Weisz as Deborah E. Lipstadt, an American historian who was sued for libel for characterizing British writer David Irving as a Holocaust denier in a 1993 book. Because the burden of proof is on the defendant in English libel cases, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
In the clip, Rampton informs Lipstadt that he doesn’t think she should testify, because doing so could play into her accuser’s hands. (Irving is played by Timothy Spall.) Lipstadt, however, doesn’t intend to back down.
“This man hates me,” she says. “He’s coming for me. And when someone comes after you, you take them on.”
Watch the clip above, and check out some exclusive images below.
Denial is directed by Mick Jackson and will premiere Sept. 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film hits theaters Sept. 30.