Film screening: Denial

Date & time

7.30–9.30pm Thursday 5 October 2017


Coombs Theatre

Cnr Fellows and Garran Road, The Australian National University


A/Prof Rosanne Kennedy
A/Prof Jolyon Ford


For interstate visitors, we offer suggestions for accommodation near ANU.


Justine Poon

Presented by Law Reform & Social Justice

Panel discussion

Denial tells the story of when historian Deborah Lipstadt was pursued in the UK courts by a notorious Holocaust denier in the Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt case. Due to libel laws favouring the plaintiff at that time, the onus fell on Lipstadt to prove that Irving was wrong - effectively putting the truth of the Holocaust on trial.

This film is a timely drama with relevance to contemporary issues where the line between truth and opinion has been blurred. 

Denial was written by renowned playwright David Hare, directed by Mick Jackson and stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Associate Professors Rosanne  Kennedy and Jolyon Ford. 

ANU Law Reform and Social Justice have partnered up with the ANU Film Group to  bring you this screening and are offering free tickets to our students, faculty, members of the public and friends.


  • A/Prof Rosanne Kennedy »

    Dr Kennedy is a holocaust studies scholar who writes on trauma, memory and witnessing

  • A/Prof Jolyon Ford »

    Dr Ford is a human rights lawyer with expertise in post-conflict and transitional justice.




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