A Gavin Hood film, starring Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode, and MyAnna Buring
The Sylvan Lake Film Society works with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. "With over 195 groups in 163 communities across Canada, Film Circuit is essential in helping TIFF lead the world in building markets and audiences for Canadian cinema."
The Sylvan Lake Film Society, a Sylvan Lake Municipal Library program, provides transformative film experiences to filmgoers in the community. The are very proud of the variety of films shown in the past and hope to continue the experience in the years ahead. Film Society shows its films at Landmark Cinemas the last Monday of the month in January, February, March, April, September, and October.
Tickets are $8.00 for pre-sale at the library, $10.00 at Landmark Cinemas the night of the showing. Season Passes $40.00, available at the library now.
Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
Official Secrets recalls the prosecution of real-life whistle-blower Katharine Gun, a story that might otherwise be a footnote in the campaign that led to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by British and American troops. The film offers a behind-the-scenes account of events from the perspectives of Gun and the journalists and lawyers that warn of the perilous state of democracy at times of war.
Gun was a young translator at the United Kingdom's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). George W. Bush, President of the United States, and Tony Blair, UK Prime Minster, were doing everything in their power to secure a United Nations resolution to sanction war. As part of that effort, the US's National Security Agency sent a memo to GCHQ with an order to gather information on diplomats from certain nations so they could fix the UN Vote and protect themselves from being charged with any unlawful acts. Gun is reluctant to follow the order, knowing that the case for war has yet to be proven. Weighed down by her conscience, she risks everything and leaks the memo in the hopes of stopping the war - but no one can stand in its way.
Did Katharine break the law? Did she violate the UK's Official Secrets Act? Is she a traitor? These are the motivating questions from here on out. - Entertainment One