Issue 11: What’s New? (26 October)

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 the story of maybe the most famous Olympian of all time…

One to watch!

RaceRace tells the story of Jesse Owens’ success at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, where, under the nose of a certain Adolf Hitler, he picked up four gold medals.

Stephan James (last seen in Selma) plays Owens, and the cast includes Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and William Hurt. Carice van Houten also features as Nazi-backed filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, who made the controversial documentary, Triumph of the Will, about the 1936 Olympics. Stephen Hopkins directs the script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.

Race rushes into US cinemas on 19 February 2016 before opening in Europe during the spring. Meanwhile, take a look at the trailer:

More clips & trailers…

Bridge of Spies: The Coen brothers co-write, Steven Spielberg directs and Tom Hanks stars in this true tale of an American lawyer sent to the Soviet Union by the CIA rescue a pilot. It’s out now in the US and is due to open in the UK at the end of November.

Experimenter: Peter Sarsgaard stars as social psychologist, Stanley Milgram, who, in 1961, conducted a series of controversial behaviour experiments which tested just how far individuals will go to obey authority. The film was recently released in the US.

Truth: Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford star in this newsroom drama, which tells of the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report on President George W. Bush’s military service and the explosive fallout. It’s not due out in the UK until spring 2016, but has already hit US screens, to ensure its eligibility for next year’s Oscars.

Steve Jobs: A new clip has been released ahead of the UK release on 13 November:

In the news…

In the works: Deadline Hollywood reports Ramon Rodriguez will take the male lead opposite Kate Mara in the Iraq War film, Megan Leavey. Mara will play a former Marine who joins the K-9 unit and becomes part of an elite bomb-detection team.

In the works: Variety reports that Kate Winslet will star as model, artist and war correspondent, Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, who collaborated with the likes of Pablo Picasso and Man Ray. She was also an acclaimed photojournalist. The producers have been granted rare access to the Lee Miller Archives, curated and managed by her son, Anthony Penrose.

Quick hit: We’ll have to wait a little longer to enjoy Tom Hiddleston’s interpretation of iconic country crooner, Hank Williams, in the biopic, I Saw the Light. The Wrap reports the opening has been moved from November 2015 to March 2016.

Quick hit: Despite the acclaim being heaped on to biopic, Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak claims many of the events didn’t happen as claimed. He did, however, praise Michael Fassbender’s performance as Jobs. Find out more here.

On the big screen…

Steve Jobs: The much-anticipated biopic of the brains behind Apple opened in the US on 23 October.

Suffragette: The story of the early fight for women’s rights is now out in the US and UK.

Difret: The story of a lawyer who travels to an Ethiopian village to represent a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband gets a US release following a good showing a number of international film festivals.

The Walk: You can still catch this dizzying tale of high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who planned to walk the between the World Trade Center towers in 1974.

Out to buy/rent…

UK
The Imitation Game: A special two-disc ‘collector’s edition’ is now available of this Oscar-winning historical drama about British codebreaker, Alan Turing.

April 9th: This low-key war film tells of Germany’s invasion of Denmark on 9 April 1940 and the home army’s attempt to hold back the enemy forces.

The Connection: This 70s-period French crime flick tells Marseille magistrate’s crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.

Van Gogh Painted with Words: Not a film, more a short docudrama, this is still worth a mention as the dialogue is taken directly from letters Van Gogh sent to his younger brother, Theo.

Pasolini: Abel Ferrara directs this telling of the last days in the life of controversial filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain lots of extra features about the ‘making of’ and the real Pasolini.

US
Walk in the Woods: Robert Redford stars as Bill Bryson in this comedic telling of the writer’s adventures along the Appalachian Trail.

The End of the Tour: This tells of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter, David Lipsky, and Infinite Jest writer, David Foster Wallace.

Pawn Sacrifice: American chess prodigy, Bobby Fischer, famously takes on the Soviet Union in this Cold War-era battle of east vs. west.

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A dramatization of the infamous prisoner/guard experiment conducted in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

Testament of Youth: A British woman comes of age during World War I (not as exciting as it sounds…)

Issue 12 of RSL is out on 30 November.