Based on a true story, this uproarious farce dramatizes the making of a modern-day publishing fiasco. EmmyÂ® nominee Jonathan Pryce (Evita, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Gerd "The Bloodhound" Heidemann, a German reporter who sniffs out a scoop that will revive his stalled career: recovering 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, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) 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 Steadman (Pride and Prejudice), 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.