TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7: THE VIEW FROM THE WEST WING

In Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7, just after Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, the eighth of the trial’s seven, is returned to the courtroom bound and gagged, Rennie Davis, the main organiser of the demonstrations in Chicago around the 1968 Democratic party’s convention, realises he and his fellow defendants ought to remain seated when Judge Julius Hoffman returns to the courtroom and the bailiff says “all rise”.

In Sorkin’s version Davis, as played by Alex Sharp, puts his pen in his mouth, twists his lips and sticks his tongue…