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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
2021, Netflix, 129 min, USA/UK, Dir: Aaron Sorkin

It’s 1968 and the United States is in turmoil. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down by an assassin in Memphis, Robert F. Kennedy is shot and killed in Los Angeles. The Vietnam War is at its height with over 30,000 American casualties and 1,000 more U.S. troops killed each month. In August, scores of antiwar protestors gather outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and are tear gassed and beaten by police and the National Guard. The following year, the organizers of the protest - including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) - were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.


THE AERONAUTS
2019, Amazon Studios, 101 min, UK/USA, Dir: Tom Harper

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and furthering scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival. “Reuniting after Oscar-winning Stephen Hawking drama THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Redmayne and Jones give charm and charisma to THE AERONAUTS … it soars with an old-school spirit of adventure and possibility, topped off with grandstanding filmmaking from Tom Harper.” - Ian Freer, Empire.


THE DANISH GIRL
2015, Focus Features, 120 min, UK/Germany/USA, Dir: Tom Hooper

The Danish girl of the title started out as a man - Einar Wegener, who was one of the first recipients of sex-reassignment surgery in 1930. Eddie Redmayne has drawn raves for his performance in the role, as has Alicia Vikander, who plays Wegener’s painter wife, Gerda. The shift in their relationship is complicated by the arrival of art dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts) in this thought-provoking adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel. “There’s no denying that Hooper and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon have delivered a cinematic landmark, one whose classical style all but disguises how controversial its subject matter still remains.” - Peter Debruge, Variety


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