Called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, Trumbo refused to name names and – with nine others – was convicted on the criminal charge of contempt of Congress, serving 11 months in prison from 1950. Employing wit and cunning, Trumbo continued writing scripts under pseudonyms during his banishment from Hollywood, exposed the hypocrisy of the blacklist and was vindicated by winning two Academy Awards (attributed to aliases).
An excellent cast features Helen Mirren in the role of imperious gossip columnist and committed antagonist Hedda Hopper, Louie CK as fellow embattled ‘Hollywood 10’ member, Arlen Hird, Diane Lane as Cleo, Dalton’s steadfastly loyal wife and Michael Stuhlbarg in a poignantly rendered cameo as Edward G. Robinson. David James Elliott as John Wayne and Dean O’Gorman as Kirk Douglas are memorable as two of the many industry luminaries who took positions during this most notorious and unedifying chapter of Hollywood history.
“Highly entertaining. Cranston does sterling work. A cracking good story!” The New York Post
4 Jun - 16 Jun
In 1947, the successful career of prolific screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Risking everything, Trumbo refuses to renounce his views and pays the price for his commitment to personal freedom. In this fascinating true story, director Jay Roach recreates a post-war society and glamourous industry shaken to their core by tumultuous social change.