World War II atrocities were endless, as were those leading up to the great war too. In Mr Jones, James Norton plays the journalist who uncovered Josef Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine.
Ahead of it’s UK Premiere at next month’s BFI London Film Festival, Signature Entertainment has released the film’s first UK Trailer. Directed by celebrated Polish director Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness, House Of Cards, The Wire).
Norton plays true-life Welsh Journalist Gareth Jones who travels Moscow, Russia to interview Stalin. When he hears gossip that the government induced famine in Ukraine. He decides to head to Ukraine, witnessing the atrocities himself and writes the story that unveils the genocide.
Whilst this is story that had to be told, one could argue it’s also a story of the importance of free press. Powerfully sombre story…
MR. JONES brings to the screen the extraordinary and powerful story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine, which killed almost 10 million.
1933. Gareth Jones (James Norton, Happy Valley, McMafia) is an ambitious Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. On leaving a government role, Jones decides to travel to Moscow in an attempt to get an interview with Stalin himself. Hearing murmurs of government induced famine, Jones travels clandestinely to Ukraine, where he witnesses the atrocities of man-made starvation. Deported back to London, Jones publishes an article revealing the horrors he witnessed but is accused of being a liar by those who have an interest in silencing him. As the death count mounts, Jones has to fight for the truth…
The also stars Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, Kenneth Cranham, Celyn Jones, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Fenella Woolgar, and Martin Bishop.
Mr Jones is premiering at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival on October 6. The film will make it’s cinematic release in 2020 in the UK and Ireland.