This post tracks developments in “Mr. Jones,” a new film about Gareth Jones, the journalist-hero who first tried to warn the world about communist atrocities — and died for it..
1-23-19 | New Trailer Released, Film Opens in Theaters February 7th, 2020
Per IMDB, Mr. Jones is expected to hit theaters on February 7th, 2020. The site also reports that Jones’ experience helped to inspire the Orwell novel Animal Farm.
11-24-19 | Trailer Released, Film Distribution Expected in 2020
Per BBC America, “The first trailer for Mr. Jones, a biographical movie about intrepid Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, has been released – and it’s definitely powerful stuff…Mr. Jones is due out in 2020, though exact release dates have yet to be confirmed. On the evidence of the trailer, though, let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.”
8-22-19 | Samuel Goldwyn Films to Distribute in North America
Per Screen Daily, “Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones, her drama starring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby, has had its North American rights bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films.” No word yet on when it will hit theaters.
3-21-19 | Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 80%
There are now 15 reviews of the film on Rotten Tomatoes, with 80% positive.
2-11-19 | Film Review by The Guardian
Per The Guardian, “‘Holland’s movie really lets rip in the final act, the ordeal in the wasteland of Ukraine. She has a real story to tell – a story that isn’t told enough – and a single, compelling and likable character with which to tell it. It’s a picture with sinew and strength.”
2-11-19 | Film Review by BBC
Per BBC, “‘So there’s no hope then,’ George Orwell concludes sadly in the film, when he accepts Jones’s story as true. Yet as long as there are the Gareth Joneses of this world out there, pedalling on his bicycle to bring the truth to the world, there must be.”
2-10-19 | Film Review by Variety
Per Variety, “The story of Gareth Jones is such a fascinating one, built on such intrepid, one-man-against-the-system ideals, that it’s a wonder it hasn’t been filmed into oblivion over the past 80 years. A young Welsh journalist who blew the first public whistle on the Holodomor — the man-made famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine — only to be broadly discredited by his professional peers and murdered before his 30th birthday, he was the quintessential man who knew too much.”
2-10-19 | Film Review by Hollywood Reporter
Per Hollywood Reporter, “James Norton plays the Welsh reporter who at great personal risk broke the story of the early 1930s Soviet Ukrainian Famine in Agnieszka Holland’s latest deep dive into historical memory.”
1-11-19 | Premiere at Berlin Film Festival
Per UKRInform.net, “The historical thriller Mr. Jones, directed by Agnieszka Holland, a joint production of Poland, Ukraine and the UK, will participate in the competition of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.”
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