|Directed by||:||Steven Spielberg||Produced by||:||Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal||Written by||:||Liz Hannah, Josh Singer||Starring||:||Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood||Production company||:||DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Partners, Amblin Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures||Country||:||United States|
In The Post, Hollywood reminds us what true news should look like
Thank God for the Americans! Strange words to be uttering at this time, and yet within the space of three years their mighty image-making machine, Hollywood, has produced two masterpieces sheeting home to us all the indispensability of a free press.
In an age of so-called “fake news” and “alternative facts”, these stand as a signal reminder of what true news looks like, and how it can – must – be produced in the teeth of opposition from vested interests and government power.
The first of these was Spotlight, the story of how The Boston Globe ripped the lid off a decades-long cover-up by the Boston Catholic diocese of child sexual abuse by its priests. It won the Oscar for best picture in 2016.
The second, recently released in Australia, is The Post. It is the story of how The Washington Post came to publish the Pentagon Papers, the highly classified secret documents that showed successive US presidents from Truman to Nixon lying to the people about American policy in Indo-China and the disastrous course of the Vietnam War.