The feature drama-documentary Under the Wire, based on the book of the same name by Paul Conroy, Under The Wire tells the incredible story of his and Marie Colvin’s fateful mission – and Conroy’s epic battle to escape the Syrian city. Under the Wire from BAFTA-nominated director Chris Martin (The War on Democracy) will premiere on Monday, April 22nd at 9 PM ET/PT on STARZ.
On February 13, 2012, Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army.
Trapped in Homs after filing their initial story from a nearby village, they were unable to leave their makeshift media center due to incessant bombing. There, Colvin reported live to international broadcasters CNN, C4 and BBC.
The next day, their building was directly targeted. Colvin and Remi Ochlik, a French photographer, were killed in the attack. A badly injured Conroy, his translator Wa’el, two other French journalists, Edith Bouvier, (also injured) and William Daniels, were trapped in a suburb of Homs. With the Syrian army closing in and their building taking direct hits, the journalists made desperate pleas via YouTube to the outside world for help. When a ceasefire was finally called, they were able to breakout through the frontlines and risk an escape through a mile-long underground tunnel.
The documentary features first hand testimonies from Conroy and the individuals directly involved, all recalling the harrowing story for the first time.
The 2018 Golden Globe(R)-nominated A Private War starring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, “Watership Down”) is based on Colvin’s life and ultimately her death while embarking on the most dangerous assignment of her life in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.