Official Secrets (film)

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Official Secrets
Directed byGavin Hood
Produced byGed Doherty
Elizabeth Fowler
Mark Gordon
Melissa Shiyu Zuo
Screenplay byGregory Bernstein
Sara Bernstein
Gavin Hood
Based onThe Spy Who Tried to Stop a War
by Marcia & Thomas Mitchell
StarringKeira Knightley
Matt Smith
Ralph Fiennes
Matthew Goode
Music byPaul Hepker
Mark Kilian
CinematographyFlorian Hoffmeister
Edited byMegan Gill
Clear Pictures Entertainment
Raindog Films
Distributed byEntertainment One
IFC Films[1]
Release date
  • January 28, 2019 (2019-01-28) (Sundance)

Official Secrets is a 2019 political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2019.


Tells the story of Katharine Gun, who leaked a secret memo exposing an illegal spying operation.



The project began development in January 2016, with Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer and Martin Freeman cast in the film, and a filming start of May announced.[3] Tahar Rahim and Gillian Anderson were cast during the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.[4][5] However by June 2017, filming had yet to begin, and cast member Anderson stated she hadn't heard anything about the project since being cast.[6]

By January 2018, the project was redeveloped, with Gavin Hood now set to direct in place of Justin Chadwick, and Keira Knightley and Matt Smith cast in February, with the actors initially cast no longer involved in the film. In March, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode joined the cast, with filming beginning on 12 March 2018 in Yorkshire.[7][8][9][10] Filming took place in the village of Boston Spa on 14 March.[11] Indira Varma, Conleth Hill and Tamsin Greig joined the cast the next day.[12] Filming had moved to Manchester by 19 March, serving as a stand-in for London.[13] Filming was undertaken in April 2018 in Liverpool's St George's Hall.[14]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2019.[15]


  1. ^ Sundance: Keira Knightly Whistleblower Drama 'Official Secrets' Acquired by IFC Films
  2. ^ 'Official Secrets': Film Review | Sundance 2019
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (January 28, 2016). "Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins to Star in Thriller 'Official Secrets'". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (February 12, 2016). "Berlin: 'A Prophet' Star Tahar Rahim Joins Harrison Ford in 'Official Secrets' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (February 13, 2016). "Berlin: Gillian Anderson Joining Harrison Ford in 'Official Secrets' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Pape, Stefan (March 1, 2017). ""Things haven't changed" – Gillian Anderson on the relevance of Viceroy's House". Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Cook, Laurence (January 16, 2016). "U.K. Greenlit: "Official Secrets," "Mrs. Lowry and Son," BBC's "Les Miserables," + More Start Shooting by Next Month, Need Talent". Backstage. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Galuppo, Mia (February 2, 2018). "Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to Star in Real-Life Spy Thriller 'Official Secrets'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Kay, Jeremy (February 12, 2018). "Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to star in 'Official Secrets' (exclusive)". Screendaily. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 8, 2018). "Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode Join Keira Knightley Thriller 'Official Secrets' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Matt Smith film new movie in village near Leeds
  12. ^ ‘Game Of Thrones’ Indira Varma & Conleth Hill Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’
  13. ^ Manchester transformed into London as Keira Knightley arrives in town for new film
  14. ^ Houghton, Alistair (28 April 2018). "Revealed: Why Keira Knightley was spotted in Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  15. ^ Sundance 2019: Premieres Include Harvey Weinstein Docu, Mindy Kaling, Dr. Ruth, UK Spies, Miles Davis & Ted Bundy

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