A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in Ukraine in the early 1930s.


Agnieszka Holland


Andrea Chalupa (story and screenplay by)
3,562 ( 244)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Norton ... Gareth Jones
Vanessa Kirby ... Ada Brooks
Peter Sarsgaard ... Walter Duranty
Joseph Mawle ... George Orwell
Kenneth Cranham ... Lloyd George
Celyn Jones ... Matthew
Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Maxim Litvinov
Beata Pozniak ... Rhea Clyman
Fenella Woolgar ... Miss Stevenson
Martin Bishop ... Sir Ernest Bennet
John Edmondson John Edmondson ... J.E. B Seely
Michalina Olszanska ... Yulia
Martin Hugh Henley ... L. C. Thornton
Olena Leonenko ... Hotel receptionist (as Olena Leonenko-Glowacka)
Edward Wolstenholme ... Eugene Lyons


Based on real events, the dramatic thriller "Gareth Jones" chronicles a British investigative journalist as he travels deep into the Soviet Union to uncover an international conspiracy. His life-or-death journey inspires George Orwell's "Animal Farm". The director of the film is Agnieszka Holland.

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Back in the USSR
9 February 2020 | by SteveMierzejewskiSee all my reviews

This is a powerful film which I'm afraid few people will watch. Even those who watch it, may feel the situations it portrays are exaggerated or completely made up. They are not. The problems caused by Stalin in Ukraine are, if anything, downplayed.

But beyond the historical accuracy are the questions about the behavior of the people and their morality as it is portrayed in the film. Did diplomats and politicians really behave like this? Not only did they behave like this. They continue to behave like this. I've worked in government NGOs overseas and I've seen the insincerity of most diplomats close up. I've also experienced their ability to blind themselves of the truth if the truth endangers their high paid positions.

There are people out there now who know the truth and who are being told to keep quiet. There are people I've known who were undermined when trying to do what was right. So, this movie is telling the truth for them. You may not like what it has to say, but who says the truth has to be pleasant.

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25 October 2019 (Poland) See more »

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Kharkiv, Ukraine See more »


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