Official Secrets is a 2019 English-language Biography Drama film directed by Gavin Hood and produced by Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler and Melissa Shiyu Zuo under the banner of Clear Pictures Entertainment in collaboration with Raindog Films, The Gordon Company, Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire. 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. Members of the Security Council were outraged and any chance of a UN resolution in favour of war collapsed. But within days, Bush declared he no longer needed UN backing and invaded anyway. As Iraq descended into chaos, Katharine was arrested and charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Martin faced potential charges too. Their legal battles exposed the highest levels of government in both London and Washington with having manipulated intelligence in order to sell an illegal war. Official secrets stars Keira Knightley in the lead role along with an ensemble cast including Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Ralph Fiennes and Dave Simon. The screenplay is written by Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein and Gavin Hood which is inspired from The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia & Thomas Mitchell. The music was composed by Paul Hepker along with Mark Kilian. Cinematography was done by Florian Hoffmeister and editing by Megan Gill. The movie has a running time of 112 minutes. It was released on 26th December 2019. The movie made a box office gross of $9 million. Distribution rights for the movie were acquired by Entertainment One.
Biography , Drama , Romance , Thriller , War
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