Directors Guild of America Awards (Nominee): Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director
Golden Globe Awards
(2 Nominations): Best Performance by an Actress, Best Original Song

“Spectacular…Director Matthew Heineman’s astonishing narrative debut.”

- Peter Debruge, Variety

“Authentically moving…Anchored by Rosamund Pike’s powerhouse lead performance.”
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“Transfixing, uncompromisingly visceral and tonally raw, Heineman’s A Private War is a powerfully traumatic memoir to a courageous journalist.”
- Zehra Phelan, Flavour Magazine

“Riveting…A bracing and timely portrait of journalistic courage and sacrifice.”
- Nick Schager, Esquire

"Immediately an Oscar contender. The most powerful war movie since ‘The Hurt Locker.’"
   – Pat Stoner, PBS

“A masterpiece! It’s the most meaningful movie I’ve seen so far this year and the most compelling.”
- Sandy Kenyon, ABC


In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.

After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her -- along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) -- to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A PRIVATE WAR is brought to the screen by Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut.


A PRIVATE WAR has its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and had its European premiere at the Mayor’s Gala in the BFI London Film Festival. The film was released in select theaters on November 2nd by Aviron Pictures, with a nationwide theatrical release on November 16th. A PRIVATE WAR earned nominations for Best Actress and Best Original Song at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.


Twitter: @APrivateWar