Red Joan (12A)
Directed by Trevor Nunn.
Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Alfie Allen, Kim Allen, Stephen Boxer, Olivia Buckland, Stephen Campbell Moore.
Running time 101 minutes
An unremarkable old lady, who spends her days tending shrubs in her garden, is not the most obvious person to be revealed as an enemy of the state. But when Joan Stanley is arrested for treason, the files on this unassuming octogenarian date back to her university days in the late 1930s. Based on the real-life case of Melita Norwood, a pensioner who was arrested for passing secrets to the KGB over a period of 40 years. A beautifully-crafted historical thriller that explores both the intimate strangeness of espionage at large & its fascinating effects on an individual life, bolstered by excellent performances from both Dench & Cookson.