Rosamund Pike plays war correspondent Marie Colvin

Hammersmith born Rosamund Pike stars as The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin in A Private War released next month (15 Feb).

US born Colvin, who also lived in Hammersmith when not braving combat zones, died during a rocket attack in 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria – just hours after telling the world how Bashar al-Assad’s army was ‘simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians’.

A Private War is adapted from Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article Marie Colvin’s Private War which you can read here.

Rosamund Pike’s performance has been highly commended, but Colvin’s colleague Janine di Giovanni has criticised it for glamourising and fictionalising aspects of her life.

Di Giovanni recommends Barbara Kopple’s gritty documentary Bearing Witness, released in 2005, following the lives of four female war reporters, including Colvin, which di Giovanni believes gives a more authentic insight into her extraordinary career as well as the darkness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and alcoholism.