Official Secrets

Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War Rated: R 112 min
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She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), 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 favor of an invasion of Iraq. Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. With Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes.

“Bloody hell, the Brits do low-key, paranoid procedural dramas like Official Secrets well, with a pervading chill and no flash: The crispness cuts like a knife.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“…the film’s honesty about the enormous personal costs of whistleblowing is a welcome relief from more romanticized heroics.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“[This] whistleblower drama does a stirring if occasionally didactic job of reminding us why speaking truth to power, even at the highest personal cost, still matters.” — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
directed by
Gavin Hood
written by
Gregory Bernstein (screenplay), Sara Bernstein (screenplay), Gavin Hood (screenplay), Marcia Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion"), Thomas Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion")
Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith
production company
IFC Films