Truth was a film released in October 2015 in the US and it came out on DVD in February of this year. It’s a bit odd it’s only hitting cinemas here a year and two months later.
Then again you realize, the subject matter is relevant on so many levels. Oddly enough, “post-truth” was named word of the year 2016 by Oxford Dictionaries (“relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”)
In August of this year, John Oliver (of HBO’s Last Week Tonight) put a spotlight on traditional journalists. Albeit talking about newspaper reporters for the most part, he talked about folks who got out there, went places and did research on serious stories. These journalists would do the legwork, and other news outlets would just quote them instead of doing their own investigation.
Because the political atmosphere is highly charged right now, journalists and their work come under all kinds of scrutiny. Many get accused, trolled and threatened for the stories they put out.
Truth is the story of Dan Rather’s news producer, Mary Mapes (Blanchett) and what happened to her career in the wake of a 60 Minutes broadcast questioning the record of George W. Bush in the National Guard. This happened just shortly before the 2004 US presidential elections.
The core of her whole story, which had several angles of approach, ended up hinging on the veracity of a set of documents.
You watch it and you think of a rare and maybe dying breed of journalists who take their work so seriously. They dig and dig and dig, they are constantly curious, tenacious and have such a passion for the work they do.
What do we have now? An oversupply of bloggers, fake news sites and just short reports that don’t say anything. There’s such a lack of in depth reporting, most of the time, we’re just skimming the surface of an issue.
The film may have its sympathies but however you turn it, Cate Blanchett does it again, portraying yet another strong, formidable female character and absolutely hitting out of the ballpark. From the time I saw her in Elizabeth (1998), I’ve been such a fan of her performances. I actually am so excited to see her as Hela in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Truth will be sticking around in cinemas. By the time you read this, people are ready to jump at the earliest screenings of Rogue One. The press preview happens after my deadline so I’ll only get to talk about it here next week.
Here’s to surviving the rest of the week and the rest of the year.