Red Joan (12A)
GB | 2018 | 110’ | 12A | Trevor Nunn | Audio-Described
Based on the life of British KGB agent Melita Norwood (known as the ‘granny spy’ when she was unmasked in the 1990s) this is the story of Joan Stanley, a seemingly unremarkable and inconspicuous retired woman living in a London suburb when she is arrested and charged with providing intelligence to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. We revisit Joan’s younger self in 1938, studying physics at Cambridge she falls for a young socialist firebrand and becomes more politicised before making the eventual and difficult decision to betray her country’s atomic secrets. Both a portrait of a woman in later life being confronted by uncomfortable truths and the intimate strangeness of espionage, with wonderful performances from both actresses as the eponymous ‘Red Joan’, this is a fascinating take on the spy thriller.
Relaxed Screening: 30 April 2.00pm | 2 May 2.00pm
Soft-Subtitles: 27 April 5.40pm | 30 April 2.00pm | 2 May 2.00pm | 7 May 6.00pm