‘A Private War:’ An homage to Marie Colvin and journalism

What does it take to be a war correspondent? What kind of person is drawn to cover death and destruction, and why? And crucially, does the reporting make any difference? They’re all questions raised in the feature film “A Private War.” It stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin, who covered atrocities in Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. “A Private War” is the first feature by Matthew Heineman, who’s directed award-winning documentaries, “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.”

Director Matthew Heineman at KCRW. Credit: Amy Ta. 

Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) and Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) scout the arid landscape in "A Private War." Credit: Aviron Pictures.

Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is caught between 
borders in "A Private War." Credit: Aviron Pictures.