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Watch Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson in the trailer for Trevor Nunn’s Red Joan


The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

Cut to 1938 where Joan is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.

Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.

You can read our review here.

The cast of RED JOAN is led by multi-award winning actress Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love) and Sophie Cookson (Gypsy, Kingsman: The Secret Service) who star as the eponymous central character, Stephen Campbell Moore (The Child in Time, Goodbye Christopher Robin) as Max, a physics professor and Young Joan’s mentor, Tom Hughes (Victoria, London Town) as Leo, a young communist and Young Joan’s first love, Ben Miles(The Crown, Woman in Gold) as Joan’s son and lawyer Nick and Tereza Srbova (Inkheart, Eastern Promises) as a fellow Cambridge University student and Young Joan’s confident.

RED JOAN is directed by Trevor Nunn (original London production of Les MisérablesTwelfth Night or What You Will), from an adapted screenplay by Lindsay Shapero (Royal Wives at WarEnid) and based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name. The film is produced by BAFTA and Academy Award® winning producer David Parfitt (My Week with Marilyn, Shakespeare in Love) of Trademark Films. Ivan Mactaggart (Loving Vincent, My Week with Marilyn) of Cambridge Picture Company and Alice Dawson (Yardie, The Party) co-produce.

Behind the camera, the creative talent includes BAFTA award-winning director of photography Zac Nicholson (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Death of Stalin), BAFTA award-winning editor Kristina Hetherington (My Cousin Rachel, Le Week-End), production designer Cristina Casali (The Death of Stalin, Red Riding: The Year of our Lord 1974), Academy Award nominated and BAFTA award-winning composer George Fenton (The Lady in the Van, Dangerous Liaisons), costume designer Charlotte Walter (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Their Finest), and BAFTA award-winning make-up and hair designer Sallie Jaye (Juliet, NakedThe Wings of the Dove).

RED JOAN is a Trademark Films production in association with Cambridge Picture Company, The film is backed by QuickfireCofiloisirs and Twickenham StudiosEmbankment Films is handling worldwide sales and Lionsgate will release the film in the UK.

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