Official Secrets

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Film Info
Category:Narrative Feature
Runtime:112
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Gavin Hood

Description

CENTERPIECE FILM:
NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Expected to be in attendance: Director Gavin Hood and Subject Martin Bright along with Spotlight reporter Beth Healy, in conversation with The Boston Globe’s Ty Burr

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. OFFICIAL SECRETS tells the gripping, true story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist who routinely handles classified information. 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 to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to conceal this illegal plot, Gun makes the gut-wrenching 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.

Writer/director Gavin Hood (EYE IN THE SKY, ENDER'S GAME) patiently and masterfully builds intensity, bringing to life an ordinary woman in an extraordinary situation. Implicit throughout is the question: what would you do? Knightley's quietly powerful performance reveals the psychology behind Gun's decision to risk both her family's safety and her own life without always knowing why. The result is a portrait of the best parts of human nature. OFFICIAL SECRETS also stars Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode.

Writer/director Gavin Hood (EYE IN THE SKY, ENDER'S GAME) patiently and masterfully builds intensity, bringing to life an ordinary woman in an extraordinary situation. Implicit throughout is the question: what would you do? Knightley's quietly powerful performance reveals the psychology behind Gun's decision to risk both her family's safety and her own life without always knowing why. The result is a portrait of the best parts of human nature. OFFICIAL SECRETS also stars Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode.

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