Russia Bans James Cromwell’s Cold War Thriller

Blacklisted: Russia wants A Lonely Place For Dying censored.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

A Lonely Place For Dying, a film set during the height of the Cold War, has been banned in Russia presumably because government censorship departments there aren’t huge fans of the KGB element in the film.

The 2009 film, starring and produced by James Cromwell, and also featuring Michael Wincott, centres around a CIA agent’s hunt for a KGB operative attempting to reveal dark secrets from the intelligence agency’s shady past.

The film has been banned from cinema streaming websites in the country, but no one is exactly sure just why.The filmmakers aren’t sure either.

"All of the characters are fictional. I personally think the film has more in common with Three Days of the Condor than some hard-hitting Cold War political expose. I'm just a storyteller and this is a story that happens to have a Russian audience. I don't understand the reason,” Evans said.

"This film is about a time and place in history that no longer exists. I don't see why anyone in the Russian Federation would be offended by our observations of the Soviet Union and the KGB."

Russia didn’t just stop at banning the film, Evans’ had a visa application knocked back as well.

"Justin's (director Justin Eugene Evans) visa to Russia has been knocked back and they're not offering any reason why. But clearly they're threatened by the film and nobody wants to touch it there," said a spokesman for the film.

Despite A Lonely Place For Dying’s trouble in Russia, the film has been approved for release in Australia and America, available for release via iTunes on the 12th and 13th of February respectively.