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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: completed
Status Updated: 09 Jan 2019

Cast

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

Directed by

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Gavin Hood

Written by

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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

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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Doug Delaney ... colorist
Traci Duran ... first assistant editor
Elijah Eastlund ... Digital Intermediate producer
Pj Harling ... assistant editor
Brooke Lowery ... post-production assistant
Ramin Ouladi ... colorist assist
John Walek ... post-production assistant

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
Carolyn Cousins ... Crowd hair supervisor / Crowd make up supervisor
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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Oliver Brown ... trainee assistant director
Simon Dale ... additional second assistant director
Amy King ... third assistant director
Sarah MacFarlane ... second assistant director
Josh Northover ... crowd third 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
Craig Mann ... supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer
Luke Nagy ... ADR Recording Engineer
Hugh Sherlock ... first assistant sound
John Sievert ... foley artist
David Tichauer ... mix technician
Laura Wiest ... Additional Re-Recording Mixer
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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Keagan Harris ... compositor
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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Teresa Adamson ... video playback assistant
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
Chris King ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
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
Matt Squire ... still photographer
Joe Steel ... digital imaging technician
Mathieu Treacy ... digital imaging technician assistant
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
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Corkish ... crowd costume
Francesca Davies ... costume daily crowd
Jessica Houghton ... Crowd Supervisor
Holly Mayes ... Costume Standby
Alice Speak ... costume standby
Alison Toner ... crowd costume
Emily Wilkinson ... costume trainee

Location Management

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Stefan Hugh Davies ... assistant location manager
Joe Gradwell ... location assistant / location scout
Jodie Gregory ... unit manager
Tobias Jones ... location assistant
Mike Krause ... location marshall
Jonathon Lawrence ... assistant location manager
Ariel Murray-Simmons ... location assistant
Emma Jane Richards ... location manager
Amy Smith ... location coordinator
Mark Wilson ... assistant location manager
Paul Coverdale ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Brent Brooks ... music editor
Casey Stone ... score mixed by

Transportation Department

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Neil Arnott ... unit driver
Howard Cawthorne ... transportation captain
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
Aaron Becker ... Main Title Design
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
Robin Hilton ... legal services
Jamie Hollingworth ... assistant production coordinator
Leah Holmes ... post production accountant
Mari Hopkins ... production secretary
Nadia Lachman ... legal and business affairs senior director: eOne
Jill McCullough ... dialect coach
Lynda McGarry ... insurance: MIB Insurance Services
Christos Michaels ... legal services for screen yorkshire
Troy James Miller ... titles producer: Filmograph
Edward Newman ... assistant accountant
Lucy Noble ... assistant script supervisor
John O'Sullivan ... insurance: MIB Insurance Services
Yelena Ortega ... floor runner
Martin Partington ... production assistant (Uncredited)
Asha Radwan ... clearances
Becky Scurrah ... assistant accountant
Cassandra Sigsgaard ... neg checker
Laura Southall ... stand in/double
Harvey Thornton ... floor runner
Laura Trigg ... travel coordinator
Kristian Turnbull ... production secretary
Lucy Wainwright ... head of business affairs for raindog films
Rebecca Holmes ... floor runner (uncredited)
Alan Wyn Hughes ... stand-in (uncredited)

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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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  • Official Secrets (United Kingdom)
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  • 112 min
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