Official Secrets trailer: Keira Knightley tries to stop the Iraq war

A few years ago there were a clutch of films highlighting the military’s use of drones in war zones around the world, with Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky proving to be the pick of the bunch. His new film, Official Secrets, is based on a true story as first told in Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell’s book, The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The film picked up mixed reviews at Sundance earlier in the year and you can now see the first trailer for Official Secrets.

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun, a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way.

Hood also helped to adapt the script, with Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Indira Varma and Rhys Ifans all starring.

Official Secrets opens in US theatres on August 30 and in the UK on October 18.


Official Secrets (2019)
Dir: Gavin Hood | Cast: Conleth Hill, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes | Writers: Gavin Hood (screenplay), Gregory Bernstein (screenplay), Marcia Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion"), Sara Bernstein (screenplay), Thomas Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion")

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