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1967, the height of the Cold War. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is embroiled in a power struggle when his spymaster discovers Red sympathisers embedded within his administration.

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Sean Taylor ... Harold Holt
... Charles Forwell
Lech Mackiewicz ... Ivan Petrov
... Teddy Knox
... David Bondurant
... Tom Lancaster
Francis McMahon ... Prisoner 45
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1967, the height of the Cold War. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is embroiled in a power struggle when his spymaster discovers Red sympathisers embedded within his administration.

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mesmerizing
12 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Wonderfully atmospheric and stylish short, both an homage to, and a spoof of, Cold War spy dramas à la LeCarré. The beginning of the movie reminds one of a really faithful, really meticulous LeCarré adaptation - think BBC at its best - and then gradually ever more uncanny elements creep in. The finale is deeply disquieting, proving once again that horrors hinted at are more frightening than horrors explained.

Nice, natural performances and very high production values.


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