Official Secrets


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The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion... See more »

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Status: post production
Status Updated: 07 Aug 2018

Cast

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Peter Beaumont
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Katharine Gun
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Ben Emmerson
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Martin Bright
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Shami Chakrabarti
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Ed Vulliamy
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Jasmine
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Yvonne Ridley
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Roger Alton
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Elizabeth Wilmshurst
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Fiona Bygate
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Andy Dumfries
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Judge Hyam
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John
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Kamal Ahmed
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Nigel Jones
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James Welch
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TinTin
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Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson
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Nicole Mowbray
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Jerry
Lindy Whiteford ...
Edie Rielly
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Mark Ellison
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GCHQ security officer
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Chilean Ambassador
Jodie McNee ...
Duty Solicitor
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Yasar Gun
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Desk sergeant
Paul Blackwell ...
Police officer
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Arrested Airport Detainee
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Public Gallery Court Member
Mark Hugh-Williams ...
Prosecutor (as Mark Williams)
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Female Officer
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Police Officer
Janie Dee ...
Jan Clements
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Journalist
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Public Gallery Court Member
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Arrested Airport Detainee
Lee Byford ...
Ground Crew
Craig Thomas Lambert ...
Police Officer
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Airport Detective
Bianca Rudman ...
Arresting Police Officer
Anthony G Hamer ...
Passerby
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Press / Court reporter
Martin Webbe ...
Police van driver
Shafi Choudhury ...
Arrested Airport Detainee
T. Mark Owens ...
News 29 Reporter
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Police officer
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Chilean consulate telephone technician
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Iraqi Trauma Nurse
Niccy Lin ...
Mi-Yung
Tim Wildman ...
Police Station Attendee
Mansoor Shah ...
Arrested Airport Detainee
Mark Phillips ...
Airport Ground Crew
John James Woodward ...
Cafe Patron
Anneliese Orr ...
Observer Journalist
Kieran Thomas ...
GCHQ Colleague
Corinna Wilson ...
Young Romanian Woman
Mohammed Alsaeed ...
Soldier Saved Baby
Rodrig Andrisan ...
Dead Body 4 (uncredited)
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Iraqi Protestor (uncredited)
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Office worker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gavin Hood

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Gregory Bernstein ... (screenplay)
 
Sara Bernstein ... (screenplay)
 
Gavin Hood ... (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")
 
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")

Produced by

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Even Berntsen ... executive producer
Claudia Bluemhuber ... executive producer
Ged Doherty ... producer
Elizabeth Fowler ... producer
Jennifer Fowler ... co-producer
Hugo Heppell ... executive producer
Todd M. Johnson ... co-producer
Nancy Kirhoffer ... post production producer
Neil Leibman ... co-producer
Sarada McDermott ... co-producer
J. Mace Meeks ... co-producer
Anne Sheehan ... executive producer
Paula Graybill Smith ... co-producer
Sara Smith ... executive producer
Melissa Shiyu Zuo ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Paul Hepker
Mark Kilian

Cinematography by

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Florian Hoffmeister

Film Editing by

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Megan Gill

Editorial Department

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Traci Duran ... first assistant editor
Pj Harling ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Kate Dowd

Production Design by

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Simon Rogers

Art Direction by

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Ben Clements
Bill Crutcher ... supervising art director
Andy Watson

Set Decoration by

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David Morison

Costume Design by

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Claire Finlay

Makeup Department

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Ellen D'Andrade Brown ... makeup trainee
Laura Dickey ... trainee makeup artist
Abby Graves ... Crowd Hair & Makeup
Dani Haigh ... makeup artist
Helen Masters ... junior makeup artist: crowd dailies
Anna Morena ... makeup artist
Tapio Salmi ... makeup artist
Nadia Stacey ... hair and makeup designer
Andrew Whiteoak ... prosthetic makeup artist
Hayley Young ... daily special make up effects artist

Production Management

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Nancy Bray ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Amy King ... third assistant director
Sarah MacFarlane ... second assistant director
Toni Staples ... first assistant director
Gary Richens ... crowd second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jen Ainsley ... stand-by art director
Jason Bond ... property master
James Fennessy ... scenic painter
Kate Good ... production buyer
David Hayden ... standby props
Laura Iwanyckyj ... assistant set decorator
Mark Jones ... dressing props
Scott MacIntyre ... supervising armourer (as Scott McIntyre)
Gaynor Millican ... action prop buyer
David Mills ... standby props second unit
Rosa Nolan-Warren ... art department assistant
Jay Pales ... storeman
Gareth Procter ... chargehand
Neil Smith ... dressing props
Florence Tasker ... graphic designer
Matt Wells ... standby props

Sound Department

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Emma Chilton ... second assistant sound
Mike Duddy ... assistant sound: dailies
Jim Greenhorn ... sound mixer
Nathan Lockwood ... sound assistant: additional photography
Luke Nagy ... ADR Recording Engineer
Hugh Sherlock ... first assistant sound
Will Chapman ... sound trainee/second sound assistant: dailies (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Scott MacIntyre ... special effects supervisor (as Scott McIntyre)
Eddy Popplewell ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Kieran Nolan Jones ... bidding coordinator

Stunts

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Billy Budd ... military advisor
Sarah Franzl ... stunt coordinator
Chris Lincoln-Jones ... military advisor
Lee Millham ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Simon Atherton ... best boy
Adrian Barry ... b camera grip
Chris Battensby ... video assistant: dailies
Ella Brewin ... camera trainee dallies
Cameron Davidson ... video playback operator
Dan Fontaine ... gaffer
Alex Fraser ... grip / key grip
Aaran Lewis Leach ... second assistant camera: b cam
Mick Lord ... standby rigger
Ewan MacFarlan ... lab technician
Ossie McLean ... camera operator: "a" camera/steadicam
Will Morris ... first assistant camera: "a" camera, main unit
Dave Owen ... rigging electrician
Joe Steel ... digital imaging technician
Robert Viglasky ... still photographer
Nick Wall ... still photographer
Mark Wynn-Edwards ... desk operator

Casting Department

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Emma Bolton ... casting assistant
Rosie Carter ... extras casting
Arron Cuthbertson ... extras casting
Steven Griffiths ... extras casting
Clare Harlow ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Helen Bolter ... costume supervisor
Alice Speak ... costume standby
Alison Toner ... crowd costume
Emily Wilkinson ... costume trainee

Location Management

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Joe Gradwell ... location assistant
Jodie Gregory ... unit manager
Tobias Jones ... location assistant
Jonathon Lawrence ... assistant location manager
Ariel Murray-Simmons ... location assistant
Emma Jane Richards ... location manager
Amy Smith ... location coordinator
Mark Wilson ... assistant location manager

Transportation Department

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Neil Arnott ... unit driver
Hefin Jones ... facilities captain
Jason Stedmon ... driver: Matt Smith

Other crew

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Daniel Adeyemi ... assistant to director & producer
Martin Ainscough ... payroll accountant
Ben Arslanian ... production accountant
Mandy Bainbridge ... animal wrangler
Vlad Cirdeiu ... base runner
Charlotte Cox ... production coordinator
Patrick Cullen ... military advisor
Sarah Cundall ... legal services for screen yorkshire
San Davey ... script supervisor
Cait Downs ... production runner
Johan Ewing ... legal services for screen yorkshire
John Fillingham ... risk management
Ben Gazey ... assistant to Mr Ralph Fiennes
Andrew Gow ... development executive
Daniel Hamill ... assistant accountant / cashier
Kelsey Hammond ... assistant to co-producer
Rory Hathaway ... location marshall
Jamie Hollingworth ... assistant production coordinator
Rebecca Holmes ... floor runner
Mari Hopkins ... production secretary
Jill McCullough ... dialect coach
Lynda McGarry ... insurance: MIB Insurance Services
Christos Michaels ... legal services for screen yorkshire
Edward Newman ... cashier
Lucy Noble ... assistant script supervisor
John O'Sullivan ... insurance: MIB Insurance Services
Asha Radwan ... clearances
Becky Scurrah ... assistant accountant
Cassandra Sigsgaard ... neg checker
Harvey Thornton ... floor runner
Kristian Turnbull ... production secretary
Lucy Wainwright ... head of business affairs for raindog films

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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.

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Trivia The Palestinian actor Adam Bakri plays Yasar Gun, Katherine Gun's Turkish husband who was deported from the UK. She now lives in with him and their young daughter in Turkey. See more »

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