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Directed by Gavin Hood
2018
112 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Keira Knightley is superb in this true-life political thriller about the British whistle-blower who leaked information about the Iraqi invasion and faced prison as a consequence.
It’s 2003 and British and American politicians are pressing the case for the invasion of Iraq. Katharine Gun (Knightley) is a secret service employee who comes across an incendiary email containing a US directive to spy on UN Security Council members so as to coerce them into supporting the war on Iraq. Mindful of the potential repercussions of this illegal directive, Gun takes the brave and risk-filled decision to leak the information. With a stellar cast including Ralph Fiennes (The White Crow at SFF), Adam Bakri (Slam at SFF) and Rhys Ifans, Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood (TsotsiEye in the Sky) moulds an intense film about a reluctant heroine who risks it all in trying to prevent a war and save the lives of thousands.
Director Gavin Hood gives the proceedings a rousing electricity, and he’s aided by a cast which leans into the story’s urgency and continued relevance.
Tim Grierson, ScreenDaily
The film relies on its lead star and Knightley is more than equipped for the task of carrying it on her shoulders.
Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

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Thu 13 June
8:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
4:15pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
UK
Language
In English
Director
Gavin Hood
Producer
Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, Melissa Shiyu Zuo
Cast
Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri
Screenwriter
Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein, Gavin Hood
Cinematographer
Florian Hoffmeister
Editor
Megan Gill
Genre
Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Biography, Focus on Women, Literary Adaptations, Middle East
Company Credits
Distributor: Universal Pictures International Australasia
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