Project Details

Category: Feature Film (1×97’)

Executive Producer: Peter Carlton, Liza Marshall

Producers: Simon Finch, Ed Guiney, Robin Gutch, Gabriel Range

Screenplay: Simon Finch, Gabriel Range

Director: Gabriel Range

Commissioner: More 4


Winner of the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival, this feature-length drama for Film4 picked up the Emmy for Best Film, following its subsequent television release. Shot in the style of a retrospective documentary, ‘Death of a President’ traced the events leading up to a US Presidential assassination, and mapped its grim fall-out.

Newmarket Films & Film 4 present A Borough Films Production

In The Press

Packs a punch…. knocks the breath out of the spectator…eerily convincing…bravo to Channel 4 for the commission…..Bravo to Toronto. Now let’s see how far it can go, around the world.


Amazingly real

Hollywood Reporter

A scathing, often brilliant satire of the Bush administration’s policies and rhetoric.

Time Out (New York)

Amazingly realistic…remarkable….exceptional


A vision of an all-too-plausible future rendered with urgency and eye-popping realism….an incredibly realistic political thriller…..yet the film’s deeper intentions are far more urgent, and elevate it into the company of such landmark works….as Peter Watkins’s The War Game, Costa-Gavras’s Z and, closer to home, Michel Brault’s Les Ordres. Every thinking person should see Death of a President.

Toronto Star

Edge-of-the-seat stuff…

Entertainment Weekly

Highly impressive…accomplished…admirably sustained air of authenticity…. scarcely a false note struck in the whole feature-length film…convincing….a terrific thriller

Financial Times

Complex, restrained and painstakingly careful not to glorify violence…the film examines the pressure to rush to judgment….

Los Angeles Times (editorial)

Technically impressive……dignified……an essay on how a national tragedy can be exploited as the grounds for an even greater tragedy

Village Voice

Finch has been praised for treating all sides of the political spectrum with respect, but there is no mistaking his cautionary message about the dangers of ethnic demonization and rushing to judgment under the pretext of fighting terrorism


Seamless, intelligent and maybe even necessary to an understanding of George W. Bush’s role in the world today, and his place in the wider scope of history…convincingly staged…electrifying drama…compellingly realistic.

Chicago Sun-Times

A clever, thoughtful and totally believable script…..your blood runs cold…..brilliantly played by first-rate actors…..a film without a political agenda that everyone should see…..ground-breaking technical proficiency……

New York Observer


Outstanding Achievement in a TV Movie – Winner
Banff World Television Awards
Best TV Movie – Winner
RTS Awards
Best Digital Channel Programme – Winner
Focal International Awards
Best Use of Footage in a Feature Film – Finalist
Best Visual Effects – Finalist
Broadcast Awards
Best Single Drama – Finalist
Film & TV Music Awards
Best Score – Finalist
Brussels International Film Festival
RTBF – Winner
Brussels International Film Festival
BeTV – Winner
Munich Film Festival
Cine Vision Award – Finalist
Bulldog Awards
Best Single Drama – Finalist
Toronto Film Festival
International Critics’ Prize (Fipresci) – Winner – The Chairman of the Judges called it: ‘An extraordinary cinematic experience’.