National Whistleblower Appreciation Day is an annual
recognition of whistleblowers whose actions have protected the American people
from fraud or malfeasance. Today we are honoring whistleblower Katharine Gun
and her bravery.
In addition, we will be joined by special guest and host Joe Leydon of Variety and Cowboys and Indians Magazine who will introduce the film!
The purpose of these screenings is to raise awareness of the
film through word-of-mouth and social media so if you enjoyed it please tell
your friends and share your thoughts on social media tagging @OSFilmUK
#OfficialSecrets #NationalWhistleblowerDay and #Houston. Thank you and hope you
enjoy the film!
Synopsis: 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 (Keira Knightley), 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.
Release Date: August 30, 2019 (New
York & LA) & September 27 (in select cities)
Director: Gavin Hood
Writers: Gregory & Sara Bernstein
(Screenplay). Marcia & Thomas Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who
Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq
Producers: Ged Doherty, Melissa Shiyu Zuo, and
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Indira Varma,
Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans
OFFICIAL SITE: ifcfilms.com/films/official-secrets
Written by The Millennial TV