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‘Official Secrets’ - From ‘Tsotsi’ and ‘Eye in the Sky’ director comes “a powerful and vital film about lies, deception, and one woman’s fight for truth.” Keira Knightley

Release date: Fri 13 Dec 2019
Running time:112 (1h52’)
Age restriction:16 L

The truth is always the first casualty of war.

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. This is the gripping story of Katharine Gun, a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information.

One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favour of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the tormentous decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way.

Genre: Biopic, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Keira Knightley
Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Ralph Fiennes
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Screenplay: Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein, Gavin Hood
Music: Paul Hepker, Mark Kilian
Produced by: Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, Melissa Shiyu Zuo
Language: English
Country / Year: UK, USA,  2019

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A morality tale for the 21st century, Official Secrets tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. At great personal and professional risk, journalist Martin Bright published the leaked document in The Observer newspaper in London, and the story made headlines around the world.