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Official Secrets

2019 - ENGLISH - MOVIE

BiographyDramaRomanceThrillerWar

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  • Jini Score
    68%
  • Critics Score
    70%
  • Rating
    7.3/10
  • Box Office
    $ 10 Million
  • Jini Score
    68%
  • Critics Score
    70%
  • Rating
    7.3/10
  • Box Office
    $ 10 Million
overwroughtcompellingeffectiveinherentterrific
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 is a 2019 English-language Biography Drama film starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Ralph Fiennes and Lora Moss. The movie is inspired from The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia & Thomas Mitchell. Clear Pictures Entertainment in association with Raindog Films, The Gordon Company, Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire. were the production houses involved in the project along with executive producer(s) Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler and Melissa Shiyu Zuo. The movie is directed by Gavin Hood. Entertainment One acquired the distribution rights for the film. Official Secrets was released on 26th December 2019 and takes a screen time of 112 minutes. The film made a box office gross of $9 million. The screenplay for the movie was written by Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein and Gavin Hood. Cinematography was done by Florian Hoffmeister and editing by Megan Gill. The music was composed by Paul Hepker along with Mark Kilian.

Official Secrets Reviews and Ratings

Average Review Rating : 4.7/5

94%

Positive Review Rating : 84%

84%
  • Den Of Geek

    Just because Official Secrets feels like a period drama now doesnt mean its not extremely relevant to our current political culture. ( Read More )
  • Den Of Geek

    Knightley is utterly captivating as a woman who does the moral thing at risk of losing everything, but sadly the film itself never quite matches her. ( Read More )
  • But Gavin Hoods earnest whistleblower drama does a stirring if occasionally didactic job of reminding us why speaking truth to power, even at the highest personal cost, still matters. ( Read More )
  • Just because youre Prime Minster, it doesnt mean you get to make up your own facts! ( Read More )
  • Telegraph

    Official Secrets does its baseline job if you needed the story of Katharine Gun retold and vaguely dramatised, but its dreary entertainment. ( Read More )
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Awards for Official Secrets
  • Chlotrudis Awards
    0 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Women Film Critics Circle Awards
    0 WON
    3 NOMINATIONS
  • Provincetown International Film Festival
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Traverse City Film Festival
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Political Film Society, USA
    0 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Film Club's The Lost Weekend
    2 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Hamburg Film Festival
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • Cinema for Peace Awards
    1 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS