Official Secrets (15)



Thriller (2019)
112mins UK/US

Starring: Keira Knightley, Indira Varma, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer(s): Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein, Gavin Hood
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Katharine Gun works as a translator at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham. Ahead of a pivotal UN Security Council meeting, Gun and colleagues receive an email from American counterparts at the National Security Agency (NSA) asking for information on member nations including Angola, Cameroon and Pakistan, "who could swing the vote in favour of war". Gun is deeply troubled and she secretly prints out a copy of the email and leaks the contents.

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Official Secrets (15)

A British spy risks her freedom "to stop a war and save lives" in the slow-burning thriller Official Secrets. Based on the true story of whistleblower Katharine Gun, who leaked top-secret information to the press in 2003 as Tony Blair prepared to take Britain to war in Iraq, director Gavin Hood's picture bristles with indignation at a political establishment willing to manufacture a narrative to justify military intervention...

Official Secrets. Copyright: Classified Films Ltd/Entertainment One. Caption: Keira Knightly as Katharine Gun in Official Secrets, directed by Gavin Hood. Photo: Nick Wall. All Rights Reserved.Keira Knightley delivers a compelling lead performance as Gun. The script, co-written by Hood, Gregory and Sara Bernstein, arms her with polished dialogue to refute allegations that she has betrayed her homeland. "I work for the British people," Gun sternly asserts to a police officer under caution. "I do not collect information so that the government can lie to the British people." Knightley brings steely determination, fragility and naivete to her role, portraying her mild-mannered informant as a reluctant heroine, who risks being crushed in the gear wheels of a well-oiled government machine. Curiously, the fire in Gun's belly fails to ignite Hood's conventional dramatisation.

Katharine Gun (Knightley) works as a translator at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, part of a team run by Fiona Bygate (Monica Dolan) which gathers intelligence to protect the United Kingdom. Ahead of a pivotal UN Security Council meeting, Gun and colleagues receive an email from American counterparts at the National Security Agency (NSA) asking for information on member nations including Angola, Cameroon and Pakistan, "who could swing the vote in favour of war". Gun is deeply troubled and she secretly prints out a copy of the email and leaks the contents, via a friend, to journalist Yvonne Ridley (Hattie Morahan), who in turn passes the damning request to Martin Bright (Matt Smith) at The Observer. "If this is real you could go to jail just for having it in your possession," warns Foreign Affairs editor Peter Beaumont (Matthew Goode). When the story eventually makes the front page, Gun is charged with a breach of the Official Secrets Act and her Kurdish husband, Yasar (Adam Bakri), faces deportation. The media swarms and human rights barrister Ben Emmerson (Ralph Fiennes) agrees to represent Katharine at the Old Bailey in front of Judge Hyam (Kenneth Cranham).

Official Secrets is a well-crafted but pedestrian distillation of events behind closed doors, which shaped the course of history. The script is disappointingly light on tension even when Gun suspects that she is under surveillance and notices men staring at her intently on public transport. Anchored by Knightley's emotionally charged performance, Hood's picture repeatedly reminds us that in times of conflict, the cold, unvarnished and uncomfortable truth is sometimes among the casualties. We all share responsibility for holding those in power to full and frank account.

- Sam Cannon

Official Secrets. Copyright: Classified Films Ltd/Entertainment One. Caption: Keira Knightly as Katharine Gun in Official Secrets, directed by Gavin Hood. Photo: Nick Wall. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 1st November
To Thursday 7th November

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Pictureville Cinema
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, Galway - Salthill Omniplex
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- Horsham, Everyman Horsham
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Malvern, Malvern Theatres
- Manchester, Everyman Manchester St. John's
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Sandwich, Empire Cinema
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Regent Cinema
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wellington, Wellesley Cinema
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Woodbridge, The Riverside
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 8th November
To Thursday 14th November

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Storyhouse
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Manchester, Everyman Manchester St. John's
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thetford, The Light Cinema, Thetford
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York


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