Denial script
Denial (2016)
Synopsis: When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier."

1 EXT. AUSCHWITZ. DAY EXT. AUSCHWITZ. DAY 1

Dawn. Mist. Drizzle. Watchtowers, ruined structures, bare

trees, fences. Through the rain, the sound of feet shuffling,

children’s voices crying, metal doors clanging. Then, in

sharp contrast, the sound of a large audience laughing

heartily at the plummy, confident voice of DAVID IRVING

addressing them over a PA system.

IRVING (VOICE)

I don’t see any reason to be

tasteful about Auschwitz...

2 INT. MEETING HALL. CALGARY. NIGHT 2

Grainy newsreel footage of DAVID IRVING, mid-fifties,

powerfully built, in perfect English tailoring.

IRVING:

I say to you, quite tastelessly,

that more women died in the

backseat of Edward Kennedy’s car at

Chappaquiddick than ever died in a

gas chamber at Auschwitz.

Applause and laughter carry over into:

3 EXT. ATLANTA. EARLY MORNING. CREDITS 3

DEBORAH LIPSTADT, red-haired, 47, vital, determined, is

jogging through bosky suburbs. Sunlit greenery hanging from

the trees. Good trainers, stout socks. She has a Sony Walkman

on her belt and headphones. She is followed by a joyful

medium-sized rescue dog, The Mutt. A montage of VOICES:

NEWS VOICE 1

... media commentator Pat Buchanan

caused a stir yesterday when he

suggested it would have been

physically impossible for Nazi gas

chambers to have produced enough

lethal carbon monoxide to have

killed camp victims in Treblinka...

NEWS VOICE 2

On Phil Donahue tonight, “Did six

million really die?”

NEWS VOICE 3

... National Front leader Jean

Marie le Pen asserted that he had

never seen any evidence of gas

chambers and that many historians

doubted if they ever existed...

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NEWS VOICE 4

... A new national poll suggests as

many as 22% of US adults and 20% of

high school students think it’s

possible the Holocaust may never

have happened...

IRVING’S VOICE

One year from now the Holocaust

will have been discredited. No

one’s going to like it when they

find out that for fifty years

they’ve been believing a legend

based on baloney.

4

EXT. DEBORAH’S HOUSE. MAILBOX. DAY 4

DEBORAH runs in past a mailbox with “Lipstadt” on the side,

and into her house.

5

INT. DEBORAH’S HOUSE. KITCHEN/BEDROOM. DAY. CREDITS 5

DEBORAH, sweating, towel round her neck, forks dog-food from

a can. She clangs the side of the bowl and The Mutt appears

at once. DEBORAH clicks on the coffee machine, pours a

smoothie, and scrapes out the heart of a bagel with a spoon.

NPR radio is playing: Bob Edwards with Morning Edition.

CAPTION:
ATLANTA NOVEMBER 11th 1994

6

INT. DEBORAH’S OFFICE. DAY. CREDITS 6

Later. It’s now Julie McCarthy on NPR. DEBORAH, showered and

dressed, is multitasking, gulping coffee, picking up a stack

of freshly marked student essays, also picking up a big

cardboard box of books, from under her desk - the title

briefly glimpsed DENYING THE HOLOCAUST. The essays are

slapped down on top of the books.

7

INT. CORRIDOR & DEBORAH’S OFFICE. EMORY UNIVERSITY. DAY. 7

CREDITS:

DEBORAH walks briskly into her office with the box. The Mutt,

following, dives to his usual place under the desk. DEBORAH’S

ASSISTANT, LEONIE, hands her another coffee in a paper cup,

some papers, and message slips.

LEONIE:

I’ve done your corrections. Two

copies. Here. Jamie called from

NBC. They still want the interview

about the book.

LEONIE hands over some tapes.

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LEONIE (CONT’D)

Clips. Edited. Marked. Cues on

script.

DEBORAH:

He needs some water.

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David Hare

Sir David Hare Born5 June 1947 (age 70) St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, director EducationMA (Cantab.), English Literature Alma materLancing College Jesus College, Cambridge Notable worksThe Judas Kiss Plenty Pravda The Absence of War Licking Hitler Skylight Strapless The Blue Room Stuff Happens Notable awardsBAFTA, Golden Bear, Olivier Award SpouseNicole Farhi Sir David Hare (born 5 June 1947) is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Best known for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing. more…

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