A new Steven Spielberg film is always a pleasure, and with The Post the director has made a very timely film. At the European premiere yesterday evening Tom Hanks spoke to us about the core notion underpinning the events covered in the film – that a free press is a human necessity, essential to our freedom. With the real world attacks on the fourth estate becoming a daily routine Spileberg’s film has a number of modern-day parallels, and is sure to engage a wide audience.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep lead the film as the owners of The Washington Post and The New York Times whose journalists seek to uncover the true nature of the United States government’s involvement in Vietnam.

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We were in London to capture the full press conference with the director and his two lead actors.

The Post is released in UK cinemas January 19

The Post Press Conference in full

The Post movie synopsis

The Post depicts the journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the covert involvement of the United States government during the Vietnam War. The film centres around the cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Critics have compared the depicted government of Richard Nixon with that of Donald Trump.