About the film
Director: Trevor Nunn
Actors: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom HughesAcademy Award winner Judi Dench takes on the complex persona and legacy of Joan Stanley, the seemingly demure physicist who was also a long-serving British spy for the KGB.
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley lives in contented retirement. 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… We flash back to 1938, Cambridge, where young Joan falls in love with Leo, a dashing idealist in search of adventure. 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.
Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace? Based on the eponymous novel and 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.
“A good old-fashioned British spy thriller... directed with a strong sense for character by Trevor Nunn.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“I was a shadow in a man’s world. Invisible…but in the end, powerful.” – Red Joan
NOMINATED: People’s Choice Award – Gala Presentations, Toronto International Film Festival 2018