A stellar cast including Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes shines in Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood’s (Tsotsi, Eye in the Sky) superb true-life political thriller about an accused British whistleblower who leaked information about the Iraqi invasion.
It’s 2003, and British and American politicians are pressing the case for the invasion of Iraq. British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun (Knightley) is a secret service employee who receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: The United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on UN Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in favour of invading Iraq. Aware of the potential explosive repercussions of this illegal directive, Gun is unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into war, becoming a reluctant heroine who risks it all in trying to prevent a war and save the lives of thousands.
Mixing thrills with political commentary, Official Secrets is a gripping and timely portrayal of ordinary men and women working together to defeat corruption, resulting in a stirring cinematic experience.