United Kingdom

Official Secrets

Director: Gavin Hood

Cast: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, MyAnna Buring, Tamsin Greig

Genre: Docudrama

Duration: 112 minutes – English (2019)

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.

Official Secrets is directed by South Africa’s most celebrated director Gavin Hood, whose Tsotsi (2005) is the only South African film to have won an Oscar. His filmography includes X-Man Origins – Wolverine, Eye in the Sky, Ender’s Game, Rendition, In Desert and Wilderness, and A Reasonable Man.
Official Secrets had its world premiere at Sundance in March 2019.

‘Like the whistleblower at its center, Official Secrets has backbone and conviction, something we could use more of today.’ Adam Graham, Detroit News.

Courtesy of Ster-Kinekor and Empire Entertainment


1 Dec – 18.00
6 Dec – 20.30
29 Nov – 18.00
5 Dec – 20.15
Cape Town:
29 Nov – .2000
5 Dec – 20.00

Ticket price – Festival rate: R67