Company acquires US rights to Paul Andrew Williams’ drama about the televised trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
The Weinstein Company has acquired US rights from Content Media to the BBC and Feelgood Fiction’s The Eichmann Show.
Paul Andrew Williams directed the drama starring Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia as the TV director-producer team behind the televised trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
Content Media is screening the film to international buyers for the first time at the EFM. Simon Block wrote The Eichmann Show and the BBC produced the film with Feelgood Fiction’s Laurence Bowen and Ken Marshall. Content Media’s Jamie Carmichael and Greg Philips served as executive producers.
The film-makers used original trial footage and recreated the trial with a host of doubles to fill out the courtroom. The 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann was broadcast in 37 countries and showed footage from the death camps for the first time.
The Nazi was one of the principal architects of the Final Solution and fled to South America after WWII. Israeli commandos captured him in 1960 and brought him back for trial, where he was eventually convicted and hanged in 1962.
Simon Block wrote The Eichmann Show and the BBC produced the film with Feelgood Fiction’s Laurence Bowen and Ken Marshall. Content Media’s Jamie Carmichael and Greg Philips served as executive producers.
“This is a film about an important political and cultural moment that changed history,” said Williams. “A drama about a piece of secret history and the under-appreciated achievements of some very extraordinary people who bought the horrors of the holocaust to the world so that we could bear witness to the strength of human spirit under the tyranny of the Nazis.”
“The extraordinary story of how the Eichmann trial came to be televised and shown around the world has never been told,” added Bowen. “By allowing Holocaust survivors to share their stories with a huge viewing audience, it unblocked a whole strata of shame and denial. It literally changed history. We believe the BBC, Vistaar and Goldfinch helped us put together a project we are all extremely proud of.”