The all-Ukrainian premiere of Mr. Jones historical thriller. Lviv has become the first Ukrainian city to see this movie

• 26.11.2019

The premiere took place on November 25 at Kinopalats Lviv cinema. This gala occasion brought together many representatives of the media, creative and scientific intellectuals, as well as establishment.

Mr. Jones historical thriller tells us the story of Gareth Jones, talented British journalist, who went to the Soviet Union in 1933 to reveal the truth about the crimes of the Stalinist regime and the Holodomor in Ukraine. The film was directed by Agnieszka Holland, the Golden Globe Awards winner and Oscar nominee.

A project team came from Kiev to Lviv for a movie presentation.

The first to speak to the audience was Polina Tolmacheva, Chief Marketing Officer at FILM.UA Group: "There are three reasons to watch this movie. The first one is the social context in which we exist today, when, unfortunately, the issues of truth and post-truth are extremely relevant. The second one is a topic. The painful topic of the most terrible genocide in the history of our nation: the Holodomor, artificially created by the Soviet government. The third one is the cast, the world stars – James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard starred in this movie, and it was created by an stunning director Agnieszka Holland, whose author's view and ability to convey problems in cinema language are really considerable."

A greeting was said by the film producer Egor Olesov: "We had a particular reason to choose Lviv for the all-Ukrainian premiere of our film. We have noticed that the Ukrainian films always gather full cinemas in Lviv. Thank you for a great example, we hope that all cities will also show such a big interest in the Ukrainian movies!"

As a part of this event, a presentation of Gareth Jones. Price of the Truth took place, that consists of selected articles and a chronicle of the life and memory of Gareth Jones. The book was presented by one of its compilers -  Yaroslava Prykhoda, a professor of Publishing and Editing Department of Institute of Journalism, Taras Shevchenko National  University: "It is necessary to read the book just as to listen to music, that is why I don't want to say many things about. This book has many answers to our topical questions. I guess that all journalists, diplomats, politologists should keep this book on the table as a handbook. It is a key to understanding your specialty, yourself and your attitude as Ukrainians."

Director of the film Agnieszka Holland did not manage to visit the film's premiere in Lviv. But, she has recorded a touching video message to viewers: "Dear friends in Lviv! I'm very sorry that I can't be with you today for the premiere of Mr. Jones, a movie created by me. I would like to share this film with the Ukrainian audience. It was created principally for you. It is a story of the suffering of millions; millions of innocent and silent victims; about the courage of the single person and the cowardice of the authorities and politicians. As for me, this story is very relevant, and it must be absolutely shared. I hope it will be as important to you as it is to all of us, to all those who worked on this movie. Good evening to you."

The screening of the film ended with a storm of applause from the audience. The viewers shared with pleasure their impressions. 

"It's impressive to realize how many people died at that time. How it was hidden and at what price;"

"The truth always comes out, no matter how good it is hidden. I think this movie is about it";

"To be honest, it is hard to speak after this film. But we have to do homage to those journalists who act like Gareth Jones. To those directors who promote such topics. To those actors who play in such films."

The next pre-premiere screening of Mr. Jones historical movie will take place on November 26 in Ternopil. And the grand premiere with the participation of the film's creative team and director Agnieszka Holland will take place on November 27 at the Kyiv cinema Kyivska Rus. 

The movie will be released for a wide all-Ukrainian audience on November 28. 


About the project




1933. Gareth Jones (James Norton) is an ambitious young Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. Whilst working as an advisor to Lloyd George, he is now looking for his next big story. The Soviet “utopia” is all over the news, and Jones is intrigued as to how Stalin is financing the rapid modernization of the Soviet Union.

On leaving his government role, Jones decides to travel to Moscow in an attempt to get an interview with Stalin himself. There he meets Ada Brooks (Vanessa Kirby), a British journalist working in Moscow, who reveals that the truth behind the regime is being violently repressed. Hearing murmurs of government-induced famine, a secret carefully guarded by the Soviet censors, Jones manages to elude the authorities and travels clandestinely to Ukraine, where he witnesses the atrocities of man-made starvation – millions left to starve – as all grain is sold abroad to finance the industrializing Soviet empire.

Deported back to London, Jones publishes an article revealing the horrors he witnessed. But the starvation is denied by Western journalists reporting from Moscow, all under pressure from the Kremlin, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Duranty (Peter Sarsgaard). As death threats mount, Jones has to fight for the truth. Meeting a young author by the name of George Orwell, Jones shares his findings… helping inspire the great allegorical novel Animal Farm.

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Scriptwriter: Andrea Chalupa

Producer: Klaudia Smieja, Stanislaw Dziedzic, Egor Olesov, Angus Lamont, Andrea Chalupa

Director of photography: Tomasz Naumiuk

Cast: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, Kenneth Cranham, Yakiv Tkachenko, Oleg Drach, Volodymyr Fedoruk, Anna Shaydyuk, Anastasia Chala, Alina Kovalska, and others

Coming to theaters in Ukraine and worldwide this fall, 2019. 

MMD UA and FILM.UA Distribution are distributors in Ukraine.

‘Mr. Jones’ is a co-production of Poland (Film Produkcja with the support of Polish Film Institute), Ukraine (Kinorob with the support of Ukrainian State Film Agency) and the United Kingdom (Jones Boy Film). Filming took place in Ukraine, Poland, and Scotland.

The film’s marketing campaign in Ukraine based on a large-scale social and educational project of FILM.UA Group with the support of ‘Ukraina’ TV channel, general media partner. The campaign’s purpose is to popularize Gareth Jones’ personality in Ukraine and the world and to preserve the memory of 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine.