"A rollicking comedy with black edges" --The Guardian (U.K.)
Based on the true story of the Hitler diary hoax
Based on a true story, this uproarious farce dramatizes the making of a modern-day publishing fiasco. Emmy® nominee Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Gerd "The Bloodhound" Heidemann, a German reporter who sniffs out a scoop that will revive his stalled career: the lost diaries of Adolf Hitler. Gerd manages to convince Stern magazine to pony up millions for the documents, not knowing that a small-time forger (Alexei Sayle, The Young Ones) keeps churning them out from a shop in Stuttgart. The scheme hoodwinks eminent historians, Newsweek magazine, and even Rupert Murdoch--until the truth leaves everyone pointing fingers in fury.
With a pitch-perfect ensemble cast that includes Barry Humphries (Dame Edna), Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Tom Baker (Doctor Who), and Alan Bennett (Beyond the Fringe), Selling Hitler mercilessly lays bare the greed, self-delusion, and stupidity behind 20th-century journalism’s most shocking scandal.