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Preview screening of Official Secrets plus Q&A

Guardian Live

Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Standard ticket   more info 12 Oct 2019 £16.10 £1.33
Concessions   more info 12 Oct 2019 £15.10 £1.28
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Join us for a special preview screening of Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes.

The film tells the story of GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun, who in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War leaks a classified email that urged spying on member of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war.

Working as a Mandarin translator for GCHQ, Gun is concerned by a memo sent by the National Security Agency (NSA) requesting UK assistance to urge members of the United Nations Security Council to endorse an invasion of Iraq.

In an effort to prevent an illegal war, Gun decides to leak the document. Arrested and facing trial for breaching the Official Secrets Act, her courageous act to take a stand resonates around the world and she becomes a symbol of moral responsibility in a time of great political turmoil. She is an ordinary person who finds herself in an extraordinary situation.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Katharine Gun, Observer journalist Martin Bright and the film's director Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky). They will be talking to Guardian reporter Peter Beaumont, former Observer foreign affairs editor, who also had role in breaking the story. 


In partnership with Hackney Picturehouse

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email 

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Hackney Picturehouse
270 Mare Street
E8 1HE London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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