Denial is a 2016 British-American historical drama film directed by Mick Jackson and written by David Hare, based on Deborah Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. It dramatises the Irving v Penguin Books Ltd case, in which Lipstadt, a Holocaust scholar, was sued by Holocaust denier David Irving for libel. It stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius and Alex Jennings.
Despite first name billing, the Rachel Weisz character could have been done by a number of actors her age. The real stars here are Timothy Spall (as Irving) and Tom Wilkinson as Richard Rampton, her solicitor. It’s mainly a courtroom drama and despite knowing the verdict before seeing the film it was suitably tense and engaging. This is the type of film that gets nominated for awards, getting a BAFTA nomination for best British film. It lost to ‘I, Daniel Blake’ by Ken Loach.