Official Secrets – Interview with Director Gavin Hood

 She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor.  OFFICIAL SECRETS.

Here is our interview with Director Gavin Hood.

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.

Here is my chat with Gavin Hood.  We discuss the incredible cast, working with strong female leads, his background as a lawyer, film festival reaction,  and even touched on his South African roots.

 

 

The film is out now in most theaters.  For my North Texans – September 13th at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre and will expand to Arlington 18, Valley View 16, and Stonebriar 24 on Friday, September 20th.