Actress Rosamund Pike plays Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin in...

Actress Rosamund Pike plays Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin in "A Private War." Credit: Aviron Pictures / Paul Conroy

"A Private War,” the Golden Globe-nominated biopic about the Long Island-raised war correspondent Marie Colvin, will screen at Stony Brook University on Feb. 22 with director Matthew Heineman answering questions in person.

“A Private War” earned nominations for best actress for Rosamund Pike, who plays Colvin, and best original song, “Requiem For a Private War,” performed by Annie Lennox.

Colvin, raised in East Norwich, found her calling while writing for Yale's campus newspaper. In 1985, she joined London's Sunday Times, where she worked the rest of her career and covered such hot spots as Chechnya, Sierra Leone and East Timor. In Sri Lanka in 2001, an explosion blinded Colvin's left eye, which she then covered with a rakish-looking eyepatch. She was killed during the 2011 bombing of the Syrian city Homsat the age of 56. In her memory, Colvin's family helped launch the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting at Stony Brook University.

“A Private War” also features Stanley Tucci, Jamie Dornan and Tom Hollander.

The February screening, presented by Stony Brook's journalism school and the Long Island Press Club, will be followed by a Q&A with Heineman. Howard Schneider, the founding dean of the journalism school and a former editor of Newsday, will moderate the discussion.

The event takes place Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Tickets are $10. Call 631-632-2787 or go to

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