Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' tackles the conflict between the government & the press

Other | Tuesday 30th January 2018 | David

Given that Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to legitimate news outlets as ‘fake news’ and has also said that he wants to open up the USA’s libel laws to make it easier to sue people over negative coverage, Steven Spielberg’s latest film seems almost like it could be a documentary rather than a scripted drama.

Called The Post, the film chronicles how journalists from The Washington Post newspaper repeatedly attempted to publish the Pentagon Papers. Which were a series of classified documents from the United States Department of Defense detailing the country's involvement in the Vietnam War, and how the government repeatedly tried to prevent them from making the papers available to the public.

The Post stars Tom Hanks in his fourth collaboration with Spielberg, alongside Meryl Streep, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film. Star Wars composer John Williams, who also frequently collaborates with Spielberg, created the soundtrack.

Spielberg, whose previous films include Jaws, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, and the Indiana Jones series, has said that although The Post takes place in 1971, the story easily feels as though it could have happened in 2017. It’s now playing across the UK, so make sure you catch this hugely relevant piece of cinema on the big screen.