Red Joan (12A)
Monday 30th March 2020
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Judi Dench stars in this British drama about an elderly woman recalling her past as a Russian spy.
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she's shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history. In Cambridge University in the 1930s the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo. Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman's sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances.
“[Writer] Lindsey Shapiro has captured an intriguing piece of hidden history, showcasing women’s strengths and the overlooked roles they played during the world’s most turbulent times of war.“ Film Threat
“A good old-fashioned British spy thriller in the scientific mold of Enigma, 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” Hollywood Reporter
Date: 30 March 2020
Venue: Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel
Director: Trevor Nunn
Cast: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore
Length: 1hr 41m