She Said - Review (London Film Festival 2022)
He Built the Silence. 4 / 5
Directed by Maria Schrader.
New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation.
Releases in UK Cinemas: November 25th 2022
In 2017, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct allegations in The New York Times which shook the industry and was responsible for bringing down one of Hollywood's biggest tyrants.
Though an adaptation was inevitable, a story this demanding and recent requires extra care to handle the story with the respect and attentiveness it deserves.
Before the film began the director revealed that there were survivors in the audience whose bravery launched the #MeToo movement that the film covers which elevated an already emotional watch.
Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan lead the film as the investigative journalists that put everything on the line to break this hard hitting true story. Kazan gives an endearing performance whereas Mulligan is full of tenacity, as they make a pair that empowers those that are scared to speak out. But it was Samantha Morton and Jennifer Ehle's performances that broke my heart both bringing survivors' stories to the screen, refusing to hold back on the painful details.
Maria Schrader directs a film that is gritty, complex and faithful; telling real first-hand accounts, the bravery in which it took to tell them and the confidence needed to share them with the world.