This article was originally published in Progress on April 11th, 2019.
As windy talk of a ‘truly global Britain’ fades away, a recent film makes the case for international solidarity – though less by its merits than its flaws.
‘A Private War’ is a dramatisation of the life of Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed covering the war in Syria in 2012. It’s best understood as one of a spate of films (‘Spotlight’, ‘The Post’) hoping to remind us, at a time of ‘fake news’ and attacks on the press, that journalism is a public service.
The mistake of ‘A Private War’ is to imagine that the journalist is more interesting than the story.