LONDON CALLING: The Ghost Writer
Made with a star cast, Roman Polański’s eighteenth feature-length film takes up the director’s favorite theme of entrapment. This time, the author of the Rosemary’s Baby is telling the story of a writer (Ewan McGregor) who is commissioned to write a book about the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), a former British Prime Minister, clearly modelled on Tony Blair. It turns out that his predecessor died in unexplained circumstances, and the eponymous ghost writer has to work under intense pressure of not only Lang, his wife (Olivia Williams) and assistant (Kim Cattrall), but also the press and the secret services. The insight into the dark backdrop of power makes the writer’s work increasingly dangerous. The atmosphere becomes dense and the tension, as in a thriller it should, reaches the zenith. Based on Robert Harris’s book The Ghost Writer won six European Film Awards (including one for the best film) and brought Polański The Silver Bear award for the best director at the Berlin Film Festival.