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 (Tsotsi
, Eye 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.