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Film: Mr. Jones, A Biographical Thriller (2019)   

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This film is based on a true story that would later inspire George Orwell’s seminal book Animal Farm. The gripping plot is driven by events spanning from Britain to the USSR, Ukraine, and the USA. The year is 1933. Gareth Jones, an ambitious young Welsh journalist famous for his interview with Hitler, visits Moscow for an interview with Stalin to understand the economics behind the Soviet “utopia” being avowed to the western world. Instead, he discovers the grim reality withheld by the USSR. When he gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, Jones’ life and the lives of his informants are at stake. While primarily a suspense and action film, this movie contains some harsh scenes related to human suffering in Ukraine. Created by Polish film director Agnieszka Holland and starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, and Peter Sarsgaard, the movie was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Filmed in English with some subtitled foreign language scenes. Not recommended for vision impaired viewers.


Linda Gintowt holds an M.A. in drama from the University of Toronto. She has a passion for history and the preservation of art and culture. Linda served as the Elderwise Program Coordinator for five years.