Red Joan is a British drama film based on true events that will be released on April 19, 2019 in UK Cinemas. The movie is inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, the Soviet KGB’s longest-serving British spy.
The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley 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 World War 2, Joan Stanley comes to the realization 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.
Red Joan was directed by Trevor Nunn and stars Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore and Tom Hughes.