CITY Screen, York, presents a preview of A Private War, the extraordinary story of war journalist Marie Colvin, on Monday night, when the 7pm screening will be followed by a satellite question-and-answer session.

Based on Marie Brenner's book Marie Colvin’s Private War, Matthew Heineman's film features Rosamund Pike in the role of The Sunday Times' foreign affairs correspondent.

In a world where journalism is under attack, Colvin was a fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while testing the limits between bravery and bravado. Her mission to show the true cost of war led her – along with war photographer Paul Conroy (played by Jamie Dornan in Heineman's film) – to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Colvin was killed covering that siege; Conroy was blown up in the same rocket attack but survived. The Liverpudlian advised on A Private War while Heineman was shooting in Jordan, expressing astonishment at the war in Syria still being ongoing; the devastation of whole neighbourhoods by Assad’s regime, and the mission that Colvin undertook to tell the story of the civilians – the women and children – caught in the crossfire.

A Private War marks Heineman's narrative film debut after directing the documentaries Cartel Land and City Of Ghosts, and the American filmmaker brings the same intimate realism and unflinching depictions of life in the heart of conflict to his latest film.

Dave Taylor, City Screen's marketing manager, says: "If you saw the tremendous documentary Under The Wire at City Screen last year, with a live Q&A with the renowned photojournalist Paul Conroy, then you'll want to see this new dramatisation, A Private War. If you missed that documentary, then I still recommend you see it, and see A Private War as well."

Tickets are on sale on 0871 902 5747, at or in person at the Coney Street Picturehouse.