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Tom Hardy To Play Legendary War Photographer Don McCullin

From deadline.com: Tom Hardy, coming off an Oscar nom for The Revenant, will play legendary British war photographer Don McCullin in a film that ’71 scribe Gregory Burke has adapted from McCullin’s autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour. The film will be produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, with Hardy and Dean Baker of Hardy, Son & Baker. McCullin and Mark George are exec producing.

The book is an unflinching account of McCullin’s journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in wartime London to becoming one of the most famous war photojournalists. Working for the Sunday Times from the late 60’s to the early 80’s, he risked his life to photograph the harsh realities of war from Vietnam, Cambodia, to Biafra and Uganda, one black and white image at a time. Hardy, who is currently reteamed with The Dark Knight Rises helmer Christopher Nolan onDunkirk, had an exceptional 2015 between The Revenant, Mad Max:

Tom Hardy said back in 2010 that he would like to play McCullin in a film (Arena Homme int.) and now it’s coming true. Amazing. So excited for this. McCullin is a hero. 🙌  I have all his books. Love that he is exec producing.

Photo (left) by Eamonn McCabe | (right) by Greg Williams

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‘71 (2014) Directed by Yann Demange from a script by Gregory Burke

Director of Photography: Tat Radcliffe

The glossed over look of the exterior daytime scenes in the film was achieved through the use of 16mm film strip with hand held cameras not unlike the type used for old newsreel footage during The Troubles. The sharp grainy look of the night time scenes was achieved through the use of digital cameras and color correction.