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First footage of film ‘Mr. Jones’ about Ukrainian artificial famine appear

A film about a young British journalist who traveled to the Soviet Union in 1933 would be released in Ukraine next fall
19:49, 28 January 2019

"Gareth Jones"
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The first footage from Agnieszka Holland’s "Mr. Jones," which world premieres in Official Competition at the 69 Berlin Film Festival, the Variety published

The movie was filmed in Poland, Ukraine, and the UK.

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"Mr. Jones" tells the little-known story of Gareth Jones, a young British journalist who travelled to the Soviet Union in 1933. He wanted to tell the world about the appalling reality of the communist regime, Stalin and the government-induced famine in Ukraine. His efforts are frustrated not just by the Soviet censors, but other Western journalists ignored him as well. Jones’ story helped to inspire George Orwell on creating the novel “Animal Farm.”

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In the published footage Gareth Jones calls his friend from Moscow and asks him to organize the interview with Stalin. Jones also says that one his friend has discovered a big mystery about Stalin and the phone call suddenly ends.

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The main actors in the film are James Norton (serial “War and Peace”), Vanessa Kirby (“Crown”, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven”), Joseph Mawle (“The Game of Thrones”), Kenneth Cranham (“Maleficent”). Ukrainian actors also played in the movie: Yakiv Tkachenko (“The Strayed”), Oleg Drach ("Battle for Sevastopol").

"Gareth Jones" will be released in Ukraine next fall.

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Director Agnieszka Holland is famous for shooting several episodes of “House of Cards.” Her films “In Darkness,” “Europa Europa” and “Angry Harvest” were all nominated for an Oscar. Her film “Gorączka” screened in competition at the Berlinale in 1981, since when she has made more than 30 films, winning the Golden Globe and Silver Berlin Bear.

 

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