Under the Wire review – fearsome account of war reporting in Syria

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War photographer Paul Conroy is magnetic as he untangles the nuances of his profession in this screen version of his memoir

Christopher Martin’s film is an urgent documentary version of Under the Wire, the memoir published by war photographer Paul Conroy about his friendship and professional partnership with the Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, and their terrifying experience together reporting from the killing fields of Syria in 2012, when the Assad regime was brutally slaughtering civilians. Colvin was killed, along with fellow journalist Rémi Ochlik. (A character in Eva Husson’s movie Girls of the Sun, which premiered at Cannes, was inspired by Colvin, who had lost an eye while reporting from an earlier war zone and wore an eyepatch. She was perhaps not displeased with her own celebrity and brand identity, although this film shows that she found it prudent not to wear the eyepatch in Syria. Drawing attention to yourself wasn’t safe.)

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