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DIRECTOR Trevor Nunn
CAST Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Boxer
Renowned theatre director Trevor Nunn directs Judi Dench as a retired British civil servant who lived a double life as a Soviet spy during the Cold War.
This well-crafted historical drama stars Judi Dench as a retired physicist who, late in life, is revealed to have been a long-serving Soviet spy. Inspired by the true story of British civil servant Melita Norwood, this is a fascinating examination of personal principles and self-sacrifice against the background of the Cold War arms race. Directed by renowned theatre director Trevor Nunn, this features excellent performances from both Dench, in a rewardingly complex role, and Sophie Cookson as her idealistic younger self.
(2018 UK 101 mins)
A good old-fashioned British spy thriller … with a bewitching female heroine (or anti-heroine, if you will) played by the excellent actresses Judi Dench and (as her younger self) Sophie Cookson, Red Joan revisits the incredible real-life spy case of Melita Norwood. It is directed with a strong sense for character by Trevor Nunn … Zac Nicholson’s cinematography is warm and involving like production designer Cristina Casali’s quaint woody laboratories, as behooves the sub-genre of British spy yarns. George Fenton’s romantic score and Charlotte Walter’s charming costumes well describe the mood of the time. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
BBFC advice: Contains moderate sex and suicide references
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