The OneWomanOneVote Film Festival is hosting an early screening of “Official Secrets”, followed by a panel discussion with Oscar winning director Gavin Hood, real life whistleblower Katharine Gun and journalist Maartin Bright. Moderated by Phyllis Bennis, program director Institute for Policy Studies.
directed by GAVIN HOOD
written by SARA BERNSTEIN + GREGORY BERNSTEIN + GAVIN HOOD
STARRING Keira Knightley – Matt Smith – Adam Bakri – Matthew Goode John Heffernan – Ralph Fiennes – Indira Varma – Rhys Ifans Conleth Hill – Tamsin Greig – Kenneth Cranham - Myanna Buring – Katherine Kelly – Shaun Dooley - Jeremy Northam
Sixteen years ago, as the world was still grappling with the aftershocks of 9/11, politicians in the United States and Great Britain were angling for a motive to invade Iraq. On January 31, 2003, Katharine Gun, a 29-year-old translator at the British intelligence agency GCHQ, read a classified email that urged the blackmailing of United Nations members to ensure a yes vote on the controversial war resolution.
What Gun did next – leaking the email to the public and placing herself at enormous personal and professional risk – was one of the bravest acts of a whistleblower in the last two decades. OFFICIAL SECRETS, the urgent, meticulous new film from Oscar-winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition, Eye in the Sky), tells Gun’s overlooked story from multiple points of view, weaving in the media, legal, intelligence and political forces that formed like a gathering storm.
OFFICIAL SECRETS is a true-life drama that stands alongside the best political thrillers; at its core, it’s about the consequences of doing the right thing and in the face of tremendous personal cost.
112 min. | R
Seating is limited. This is not an “official” League event but we partner with OWOV for our voter registration and Vote411 efforts in local theaters.