OFFICIAL SECRETS *screening* with director Gavin Hood, Katharine Gun, Martin Bright
directed by GAVIN HOOD
written by SARA BERNSTEIN + GREGORY BERNSTEIN + GAVIN HOOD
STARRING Keira Knightley – Matt Smith – Adam Bakri – Matthew Goode John Heffernan – Ralph Fiennes – Indira Varma – Rhys Ifans Conleth Hill – Tamsin Greig – Kenneth Cranham – Myanna Buring – Katherine Kelly – Shaun Dooley – Jeremy Northam
Film and Q&A with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition, Eye in the Sky), real life whistleblower Katharine Gun and journalist Martin Bright. Moderated by Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Sixteen years ago, as the world was still grappling with the aftershocks of 9/11, politicians in the United States and Great Britain were angling for a motive to invade Iraq. On January 31, 2003, Katharine Gun, a 29-year-old translator at the British intelligence agency GCHQ, read a classified email that urged the blackmailing of United Nations members to ensure a yes vote on the controversial war resolution.
What Gun did next – leaking the email to the public and placing herself at enormous personal and professional risk – was one of the bravest acts of a whistleblower in the last two decades. OFFICIAL SECRETS, the urgent, meticulous new film from Oscar-winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition, Eye in the Sky), tells Gun’s overlooked story from multiple points of view, weaving in the media, legal, intelligence and political forces that formed like a gathering storm.
OFFICIAL SECRETS is a true-life drama that stands alongside the best political thrillers; at its core, it’s about the consequences of doing the right thing and in the face of tremendous personal cost.
112 min. | R
Visit the website for a trailer and more information https://www.ifcfilms.com/films/official-secrets
IFC presents OFFICIAL SECRETS. In theaters August 30, 2019.
Presented by the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival in partnership with the INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES
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