By John Mills,
As the events leading up to the 2016 EU Referendum recede into history, there is clearly a risk that the widely acclaimed film The Uncivil War will be treated not just as a dramatization of events but as an accurate record of what happened. In some important ways, it does fulfil this role but in several other respects there is another and different story to tell. I feel particularly strongly about this because I was Chair of Vote Leave for much of the time covered by the film. While Dominic Cummings, played extremely effectively by Benedict Cumberbatch, is portrayed as a flawed but highly effective genius, I am given a bit part with two or three short scenes portraying me as an incompetent and disloyal figurehead. I don’t think that this is a balanced view – an opinion evidently shared by people such as Brian Monteith who said in a review of the film for City AM that “the portrayal of John Mills – a highly successful businessman and Labour’s largest private donor – as an out-of-touch dinosaur was hugely unfair.”
Let me give you my side of the story and you can then judge for yourself.
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