Red Joan

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Red Joan
Red Joan poster.jpg
UK Theatrical release poster
Directed byTrevor Nunn
Produced byDavid Parfitt
Written byLindsay Shapero
Music byGeorge Fenton
CinematographyZac Nicholson
Edited byKristina Hetherington
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • 7 September 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • 19 April 2019 (2019-04-19) (United Kingdom)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film, directed by Trevor Nunn, from a screenplay by Lindsay Shapero. The film stars Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles, Nina Sosanya, Tereza Srbova and Judi Dench.

Red Joan had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2018 and is scheduled to be released on 19 April 2019, by Lionsgate in the United Kingdom.

Red Joan is based on a novel of the same name written by Jennie Rooney, which was itself inspired by the life of Melita Norwood[1].


  • Judi Dench as Joan Stanley
  • Tom Hughes as Leo Galich
  • Tereza Srbova as Sonya
  • Laurence Spellman as Patrick Adams
  • Robin Soans as Clement Attlee
  • Kevin Fuller as Detective Philips
  • Simon Ludders as Ship's Captain
  • Ciarán Owens as Detective Hughes
  • Irfan Shamji as Journalist
  • Adrian Wheeler as Heckler at Rally
  • Steven Hillman as Prison Guard
  • James Yeates as Reporter
  • Connor Wolf as Student
  • Phill Langhorne as Uniformed Officer


The film stars Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, and is directed by Trevor Nunn.[1] David Parfitt is the producer, and the screenplay is by Lindsay Shapero.[2]


It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2018.[3] Shortly after, IFC Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[4] It is scheduled to be released in the United States and in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2019.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Red Joan received negative reviews from film critics. It holds a 31% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 13 reviews, with a weighted average of 4/10.[7] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 42 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]


  1. ^ a b "Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson to star in Trevor Nunn's 'Red Joan' (exclusive)". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ "AFM: Judi Dench's 'Red Joan' Biopic Sells Internationally (Exclusive)". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  4. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (September 14, 2018). "Judi Dench's Spy Thriller 'Red Joan' Lands at IFC Films (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Billington, Alex (16 January 2019). "Sophie Cookson & Judi Dench in First Trailer for Spy Drama 'Red Joan'". Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Red Joan". IFC Films. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Red Joan". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Red Joan Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 23, 2019.

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