A Private War is a biographical drama film that depicts celebrated journalist Marie Colvin, a fearless foreign correspondent who puts her life on the line to uncover the truth and to give voice to the voiceless during times of war. It is partly based on the Vanity Fair article Marie Colvin’s Private War published in 2012.
The film follows a few highlights of Colvin’s 27-year career with The Sunday Times: her interview with the leader of a rebel group in Sri Lanka in 2001, uncovering a secret mass grave of murdered Kuwaitis, interview with former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi during the Libyan Civil War and her final assignment – covering the siege of Homs in Syria before she was killed in a shelling attack.
Rosamaud Pike (Pride & Prejudice, Gone Girl) plays a convincing journalist who is determined to bring victims of war’s plight to light even if it means sacrificing her relationships, love life and even the loss of an eye.
Pike masterfully captures the complexity and toughness of her character who suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder but pushes herself to cover stories in war zones because she is compelled to tell the story of those who have been abandoned during wartime.
Brutal, heart-wrenching, and poignant, A Private War pays homage to every journalist who has risked their life for the sake of the truth.
Warning: This film contains violence and nudity.