Meet the women behind Pentagon Papers play "The Post"

The critically-acclaimed new movie “The Post” dramatizes The Washington Post’s ancestral decision to tell top-secret supervision papers detailing America’s decades-long impasse in the Vietnam War. At the core of the Steven Spielberg-directed film is Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who grapples with either to tell the Pentagon Papers and anticipating her balance in an attention mostly dominated by men.

If it weren’t for two other moving women – a 32-year-old first-time screenwriter and a former studio conduct whose career was scarcely derailed by hackers – it’s probable the film never would have been made.


Liz Hannah

CBS News’ Alex Wagner spoke to them about the energy of Graham’s story, the movie, and since the film had to be done now. 

“I suspicion that we was gonna write this film and maybe it would get me an agent. That was my expectancy is that maybe we would get an agent,” Liz Hannah said.

Hannah – desirous by the discourse of former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham – wrote the screenplay in the summer of 2016 but she never approaching “The Post” to be made. Then her manager leaked it to a handful of producers, including Amy Pascal.
“I review the script. Someone in my bureau got it, gave it to me, said, ‘I consider you’re gonna really like this.’ we sat down and we review it and we bought it,” Pascal said. “And we desired it since it beautifully encapsulated a story of a lady anticipating her voice. And the country anticipating its voice at the same.”
Graham, played by Meryl Streep, faced huge vigour from an all-male house of directors to take The Washington Post open – just as The New York Times published a blockbuster story on the Pentagon Papers.
When a sovereign justice systematic the Times to stop edition additional stories, it fell on Graham to confirm either to concede The Washington Post, and its editor Ben Bradlee, to go brazen with the story. Graham would risk jail time and losing the family journal she hereditary after her husband’s suicide.
“She had to take a very, very big risk. And she could have been wrong,” Pascal said.

“There’s something that was really special about this decision for her since it was personal. It wasn’t just about losing her company,” Hannah said. “This was about revelation the people that she devoted many in the universe … that they were wrong.”
“What do you consider it is that allowed this lady to find her voice?” Wagner asked.


Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in “The Post”

“Knowing the truth. Knowing the truth. Once she knew the law of what was happening, she could no longer strengthen people, she could no longer not contend it. That is the thing about the truth, it creates the larger good some-more important,” Pascal said.          
Pascal changed quick on the production. Spielberg began sharpened last May and the film was in theaters by the year’s finish — lightning quick by Hollywood standards.

“It felt like this film indispensable to come out this year,” Pascal said. “We just all knew that, if we were gonna do it, the reason to do it was now.”


Amy Pascal

“Amy bought it 10 days before the election. So the reality that we were vital in then was one that arrange of existed before feign news,” Hannah said. “The conditions that we then found ourselves in, that we’ve been in for the last year, we consider has been a genuine reawakening for the country. Where we have to confirm what the baseline is of the probity and the ethics, and what the baseline of law is.”

“Why free press is important; we didn’t know that we would have to remind everybody about that again,” Hannah added.
Graham would go on to manage the Post’s mythological coverage of the Watergate scandal, and turn the first womanlike CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Her story on film comes at a time when Hollywood is grappling with obligatory questions about gender and power. 

“I wish we could contend that 1971 was really opposite than 2017. But it’s not as opposite as we would have favourite it to be. And we consider we have been in that conditions so many times when we ran a company and everybody in the room worked for me, and they still weren’t listening to what we said,” Pascal said.

“One of the things that creates the film so musical is where we are now is a thoughtfulness of a enlightenment of people who don’t pronounce up. And we consider that what – it starts with someone like Kay anticipating her voice and observant what she wants and what she thinks. That’s what’s gonna change everything,” Pascal said.
“The Post” was nominated for 6 Golden Globes, but it’s the “Time’s Up” transformation that dominated the awards ceremony.

“Is there a renewed clarity of purpose about what kind of films are getting made? Or is it some-more pointed than that?” Wagner asked.

“I don’t consider that we’ve seen, like, the kind of cinema that are getting done reflected yet. we consider it’s been two – it’s been about 4 seconds. But we consider it will. You know, you had two women producing this movie, you had a lady essay this movie, it’s about a woman,” Pascal said. “I consider there will be some-more cinema with womanlike protagonists. … we consider we’ll see that.”

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