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Official Secrets

"Nothing is more dangerous than the truth"

R 2019-08-30 Thriller 1hr 52m

The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior 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 member states into voting for war.

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The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior 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 member states into voting for war.

  • Released
    2019-08-30
  • Revenue
    n/a
  • Budget
    n/a
  • Runtime
    1hr 52m
  • Genre
    Thriller, History, Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, 普通话
  • imdb-logo
    7.3
  • Production
    Clear Pictures Entertainment, Classified Films, Screen Yorkshire, Entertainment One, Sierra/Affinity, Entertainment One Features, The Mark Gordon Company

Crew

Gavin Hood
Director
Gavin Hood
Screenplay
Elizabeth Fowler
Producer

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Cast

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

Katharine Gun
Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Martin Bright
Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Ben Emmerson
Adam Bakri

Adam Bakri

Yasar Gun
Matthew Goode

Matthew Goode

Peter Beaumont
Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans

Ed Vulliamy
Indira Varma

Indira Varma

Shami Chakrabarti
John Heffernan

John Heffernan

James Welch
Conleth Hill

Conleth Hill

Roger Alton
Jack Farthing

Jack Farthing

Andy Dumfries
Ray Panthaki

Ray Panthaki

Kamal Ahmed
Chris Larkin

Chris Larkin

Nigel Jones
Monica Dolan

Monica Dolan

Fiona Bygate
Clive Francis

Clive Francis

Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson
Tamsin Greig

Tamsin Greig

Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan

Hattie Morahan

Yvonne Ridley
Jeremy Northam

Jeremy Northam

Ken MacDonald
Hanako Footman

Hanako Footman

Nicole Mowbray
Angus Wright

Angus Wright

Mark Ellison
Katherine Kelly

Katherine Kelly

Jacqueline Jones, MI6 Agent
Fiona Skinner

Fiona Skinner

Policewoman
Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Self (archival footage)
George W. Bush

George W. Bush

Self (archival footage)
Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr

Self (archival footage)
Katharine Gun

Katharine Gun

Self (archival footage)
Niccy Lin

Niccy Lin

Mi-Yung
Gabrielle Downey

Gabrielle Downey

Mrs. Archer
Lindy Whiteford

Lindy Whiteford

Edie Rielly
Janie Dee

Janie Dee

Jan Clements
Will Barton

Will Barton

Paul Beaver
Martin Bright

Martin Bright

Male Journalist
Vanessa Thorpe

Vanessa Thorpe

Female Journalist
Sophie Duval

Sophie Duval

Female Custody Sergeant
Stuart Ramsay

Stuart Ramsay

Police Officer
Jodie McNee

Jodie McNee

Duty Solicitor
David Maybrick

David Maybrick

Officer Pitt
Simon Rogers

Simon Rogers

Officer Knowles
Raquel Cassidy

Raquel Cassidy

Anne Emmerson
Corinna Wilson

Corinna Wilson

Young Romanian Girl
Brett Allen

Brett Allen

Duty Officer
Vinta Morgan

Vinta Morgan

BBC Reporter
Jessica Fostekew

Jessica Fostekew

Courtroom Guard
Michael James

Michael James

Clerk of the Court

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Official Secrets
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A Review by maketheSWITCH 7

Written by maketheSWITCH on 2019-11-15

‘Official Secrets’ is an odd duck of a film. As much as it never quite finds its groove, it’s still an often thrilling and genuinely enterta... read more

‘Official Secrets’ is an odd duck of a film. As much as it never quite finds its groove, it’s still an often thrilling and genuinely entertaining film, profiling an important figure in the movement against the Iraq War. Even after all this time, it’s still a shock to realise how thoroughly we were lied to, and a film like ‘Official Secrets’ - even with its flaws - at least makes sure that we’re reminded of those lies for the future. It’s just a pity the film itself never finds the energy to really propel itself towards something great. It probably would have made a terrific miniseries, but as it stands, ‘Official Secrets’ is a befuddling yet gripping attempt at a political thriller. - Daniel Lammin Read Daniel's full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-official-secrets-exposing-lies-at-a-time-of-war

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A Review by themoviediorama 8

Written by themoviediorama on 2020-01-17

Official Secrets leaks its thrills and political deceit through an accurate whistleblowing docudrama. Governments. A democratic selection of... read more

Official Secrets leaks its thrills and political deceit through an accurate whistleblowing docudrama. Governments. A democratic selection of individuals to govern a nation with the public’s best interest taken into consideration. Providing foreign communications, budget monitoring and defensive security. Essentially, attempting to make the country more sustainable for its future endeavours. Yet, here we are in the UK, squabbling endlessly over Brexit for months on end with not one single MP physically listening to the voices of the nation. A recurring distractive technique that acts as a vivid reminder of the toxic deceit that the Blair/Bush administration fabricated. Illegally, might I add. The 2003 Iraq Invasion was a preventable war. An unnecessary crime against humanity. Hood’s docudrama prompts us to relive the political agendas of socialist manipulation, by recounting GCHQ employee Katharine Gun’s life, but more specifically her intent on preventing a war. She leaked a sensitive memo that would expose illegal spy operations by the United States, as Bush attempted to blackmail the UN Security Council into voting for a war he deemed was inevitable. The deaths of millions of Iraqis, military forces and other officials as a result of his dictatorial administration. “Bush’s World” states the placards of London protests. Their blood, on his hands. And whilst the recounting of Gun’s “traitor”-like behaviour is formally structured as with most mechanically inclined political thrillers, Hood manages to competently evoke an emotional response. See, not all films have to be entertaining. Not all films have to include fictionalised strands for the sake of mainstream enjoyment. Films can be informative. And most of all, they can make you feel. Perhaps the most microscopic output of wonderment or fear. But Official Secrets is another beast. Official Secrets categorically boiled my blood. Shaking my head in disbelief by the events that happened, the overwhelming sense of betrayal flooded my soul. “9/11” was the most dreadful terrorist attack to ever take place. Fact. But Bush’s response was questionable at best, and the events depicted here act as a window into the political deceit that unfolded. Socialist propaganda. I shan’t force my own political viewpoints through, but suffice to say I loathe the Iraq Invasion with a passion. Quite frankly, it was disgusting. Hood maintains a semi-neutral perspective throughout, allowing audiences to question Gun’s motives as either inspiring or traitorous. Knightley commands every scene with a touch of naivety that progressed Gun into being a representative of the people. Fully acknowledging the infringement the Official Secrets Act, she took it upon herself to clear her conscious. Incredibly inspiring, and well documented by Hood who intricately ramped up the tension when required. Smith, portraying a reporter from The Observer, managed to break away from his infamous sci-fi character and delivered a nuanced yet emergent performance. Fiennes, Ifans and Goode also leading the charge for the excellent British cast. The Bernstein’s screenplay was tight, taut and tense. Many scenes, particularly when Gun is questioned by Scotland Yard detectives, evoked pure morality and bravery through the concise vocabulary used. Frequently referring to the governmental lies bestowed upon the nation. The various narrative time shifts did produce some inconsistent pacing, but manages to efficiently smooth out the wrinkles shortly afterwards. Hood never cloaks the story. He attacked Labour’s political agenda head on, without inferring his own perspective. By simply documenting the events, he has created one of the best thrillers of the year that really must be watched. There are no secrets left to hide anymore.

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A Review by SWITCH.

‘Official Secrets’ is an odd duck of a film. As much as it never quite finds its groove, it’s still an often thrilling and genuinely entertaining film, profiling an important figure in the movement against the Iraq War. Even after all this ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by maketheSWITCH 7

Written by maketheSWITCH on 2019-11-15

‘Official Secrets’ is an odd duck of a film. As much as it never quite finds its groove, it’s still an often thrilling and genuinely entertaining film, profiling an important figure in the movement ag...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by themoviediorama 8

Written by themoviediorama on 2020-01-17

Official Secrets leaks its thrills and political deceit through an accurate whistleblowing docudrama. Governments. A democratic selection of individuals to govern a nation with the public’s best inter...

read more