2019 | Trevor Nunn | UK | English | CC available upon request | 101 min | R
Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information — including details on the building of the atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story, Red Joan vividly brings to life the conflicts — between patriotism and idealism, love and duty, courage and betrayal — of a woman who spent a lifetime being underestimated while quietly changing the course of history.
“[Screenwriter] Lindsey Shapiro has captured an intriguing piece of hidden history, showcasing women’s strengths and the overlooked roles they played during the world’s most turbulent times of war.” — Tiffany Tchobanian, Film Threat
“A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine.” — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“This film is a smartly designed, tightly packaged tale of one woman’s journey, the choices she makes along the way, and the far reverberating impact they had on history.” — Beth McDonough, Birth.Movies.Death.