Issue 5: What’s New? (20 July)

No time to keep up-to-date? No problem. Every issue, RSL rounds-up relevant goings-on in the world of fact-based cinema. We start with a daring rescue mission at sea…

One to watch!

Finest hoursIn 1952, off the coast of Cape Cod, two oil tankers were destroyed by a monster nor’easter storm. Coastguard ships attempted a daring rescue of the tankers’ crewmen.

Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ 2009 book about the Pendleton rescue mission, The Finest Hours, has now been turned into an epic disaster flick bearing the same name.

Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Eric Bana star, with Craig Gillespie at the helm. The script is credited to Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson.

The Finest Hours washes on to US and UK screens on 29 January 2016.

More trailers…

A new trailer has been released for A Walk in the Woods. Robert Redford stars as acclaimed author, Bill Bryson, who hiked a 1000-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, from Maine to Georgia. Opening on 2 September in the US and on 18 September in the UK, A Walk in the Woods co-stars Nick Nolte and Emma Thomson and is based on Bryson’s memoir of the same name.

Fittingly, a second trailer for Legend has been released – meaning you can see double Tom Hardy…twice. As we mentioned last issue, Hardy plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, twin thugs who terrorised London during the 1950s and 60s. Legend is out in the UK on 11 September 2015 and in the US on 2 October.



In the works: The Guardian reports Angelina Jolie is planning a biopic of Catherine the Great, who ruled Russia during the second half of the 18th century. Jolie’s production company has optioned Simon Sebag Montefiore’s book, Catherine the Great & Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, which was published in 2000.

Quick hit: Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning The True History Of The Kelly Gang is reportedly coming to the big screen. The story tells of legendary bushranger, Ned Kelly. Find out more here.

Quick Hit: Peter Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) is reportedly bringing Wade Davis’ book, One River to the big screen. It tells of Professor Richard Schultes’ journey through the Amazon in the 1940s and Davis’ own travels there 30 years later. Find out more here.

On the big screen…

Love & Mercy: Out now in the UK, this is a different type of musical biopic. It chronicles two phases in Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life – the 1960s, when he was hitting the heights of fame with his ‘California sound’, and the 1980s, when he was grappling with psychosis. Paul Dano and John Cusack both star as Wilson. Find out more here:

True Story: Out on the big screen in the UK on 24 July and out to rent in the US on 4 August, this tells of a recently-fired New York Times reporter, Michael Finkel, who embarks on a cat-and-mouse game with an accused killer who has taken his identity. Based on the real Finkel’s memoir, True Story stars James Franco and Jonah Hill. Take a look at the trailer:

13 Minutes: Out in the UK on 17 July, 13 Minutes, or Elser – Er hätte die Welt verändert, tells of Georg Elser, an assassin who came close to taking out Hitler…before he took 55m million lives. Take a look at the trailer:


Recently out to rent/buy…

24 Days: This French film tells the true story of the 2006 kidnapping of Ilan Halimi from a Paris suburb. Both a thriller and a comment on racial tensions and anti-Semitism in France, the film is inspired by a book co-written by Halimi’s mother, Ruth Halimi.

The Face of an Angel: A psychological thriller based on a fictionalised account of the 2007 real-life murder of British student, Meredith Kercher, in Italy and the subsequent conviction of Amanda Knox. The film centres on a filmmaker making a documentary about the case. It’s based on a book by Barbie Latza Nadeau.

(Image: “A stack of newspapers” by Daniel R. Blume)