Issue 10: What’s New? (28 September)

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 whale of a movie…

One to watch!

In the heartRon Howard directs In the Heart of the Sea, which recounts the tale of a 1820s New England whaling ship that was preyed upon by a giant sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days.

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson star in this adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.

If the story of a giant whale terrorising a crew of sailors sounds familiar, the story of the Whaleship Essex did indeed provide the inspiration for Herman Melville’s classic, Moby-Dick.

In the Heart of the Sea opens in the US on 11 December and in the UK on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, we’ve fished out the trailer for you to enjoy:


More trailers…

Michael Lewis’ excellent book is brought to the big screen in The Big Short. In the years leading up to the global financial crisis, four Wall Street outsiders predict the impending credit and housing bubble collapse. Brad Pitt and Christian Bale head up a cast that also features Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei.


Based on true events, Colonia tells of a young couple, Lena and Daniel (Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl), who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. When Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, Lena tracks him to a sealed-off area, Colonia Dignidad, from where no-one has ever escaped.


A new trailer has been released for The Program. Ben Foster stars as disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong, whose use of performance enhancing drugs was uncovered by Irish journalist, David Walsh. The film is based on Walsh’s book.


A new trailer has also been released for Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender stars as the creative force behind Apple. Danny Boyle directs the script by Aaron Sorkin, which was adapted from Walter Isaacson’s non-fiction book.


In the works: Variety reports that Brie Larson is in talks to play Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, which will tell of King’s 1973 defeat of retired former Wimbledon men’s champion Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell).

Festival watch: The 53rd New York Film Festival kicked off on 25 September. It includes such fact-based fare as How To Murder Your Wife, Born, and Landauer.

Festival watch: The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival ran between 18 and 26 September. Fact-based films included in the official selection included London Road and Freeheld.

Quick hit: The Wrap reports that to prepare for his role as Edward Snowden in the forthcoming biopic, Joseph Gordon-Levitt secretly met with the whistleblower, whose currently exiled in Russia.

Quick hit: Cinema Blend reports that while Johnny Depp’s performance as Whitey Bulger has been getting rave reviews, the Boston gangster’s lawyer isn’t such a fan…

Quick hit: RSL is going monthly starting with the next issue (which will be out 26 October). We’ll still bring you all the same content you currently enjoy, but with a slightly longer gap in-between issues! Keep up with all the fact-based film news between issues on Twitter by following us at @reelscreenlife.

On the big screen…

Captive: Out in the US on 18 September and in the UK on 25 September, this tells the story of a drug addicted single mother who is taken hostage by an escaped murderer. Captive stars Kate Mara and David Oyelowo. It’s based on the non-fiction book by Ashley Smith, whose real life ordeal has been adapted for the screen by Brian Bird. Take a look at the trailer:

Life: Out in the UK on 25 September and in the US on 4 December, this tells of a young Life Magazine photographer (Robert Pattinson) who was assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Take a look at the trailer:

McFarland, USA: Out in the UK on 25 September, this tells of a sports coach (Kevin Costner) who winds up in the poorest town in America, where he turns seven high school boys into championship runners.

Stonewall: Out in the US on 25 September, this controversial release tells of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and their aftermath, during which the gay rights movement was born.

Out to buy/rent…

Escobar: Paradise Lost: Benicio Del Toro stars as drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, who causes problems for the boyfriend of his niece.

Lovelace (Blu-ray): Amanda Seyfried stars in this biopic of adult film icon, Linda Lovelace.

Love & Mercy: John Cusack and Paul Danno are Beach Boy, Brian Wilson in this impressively different music biopic.

The Connection: Jean Dujardin stars as real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel, who fought to bring down the French Connection, the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history.

Issue 11 of RSL out on 26 October