Official Secrets

Coming to Cinemas 21 November 2019

Keira Knightley is whistle-blower Katharine Gun in this political thriller co-starring Ralph Fiennes and from the director of Tsotsi.

"Based on the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War, Official Secrets tells the true story of British secret-service officer Katharine Gun, who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo. The memo — which exposed an illegal U.S.-U.K. spying operation against members of the United Nations Security Council — proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war." (Sundance Film Festival)


Directed by

  • Gavin Hood('Eye in the Sky', 'Tsotsi', 'A Reasonable Man')

Written by






Director Gavin Hood tells an unremarkable story about Katherine Gun's remarkable bravery.

Hollywood Reporter


A straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion even if it lacks much in the way of stylistic verve.

Screen International


This sturdy, entertaining political thriller pushes all the right buttons and triggers all the right outraged reactions.

The Guardian


The film relies on its lead star and Knightley is more than equipped for the task of carrying it on her shoulders.

Variety (USA)


A dry and honourable retelling of events that exists mostly to remind us who she was, and why any potential whistleblowers out there should honour her example.