With 13 Hours, Michael Bay doesn’t so much wear his political heart on his sleeve as use it as a club to beat his audience into submission. His dramatic retelling of the September 2012 terrorist attack on US diplomats in Benghazi, Libya – during which two members of a covert security team lost their lives along with American ambassador Christopher Stephens – plays like an extended Republican party political broadcast, complete with relentless hand held camera carnage and beating jungle drum soundtrack.
After wowing audience at last year’s London Film Festival, intense British drama War Book will this week make its TV debut on BBC Four. Filmed almost entirely in one room, it follows a small group of government aides as they act out the war book; protocol designed to test government response in the event of nuclear conflict. In an exclusive interview, director Tom Harper and writer Jack Thorne reveal why it is a film they simply had to make…
For a film set almost entirely within the confines of a military tank, Lebanon is surprisingly far-reaching both in terms of its accomplishment and its impact. The recipient of the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, it’s an intense, claustrophobic and remarkable tribute to the strength of humanity under extreme duress.