Made with investment from Screen Yorkshire
The dramatic and gripping true life story stars two-time Oscar®-nominated actress Keira Knightley as courageous journalist Katharine Gun, who leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo, putting her life and career on the line and changing the course of modern history. Adapted by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Gavin Hood, the feature film is produced by Raindog Films with support and investment from Screen Yorkshire through its Yorkshire Content Fund.
Raindog Films took over the production after a previous version of the film with a different script, director and cast had fallen apart during pre-production. They inherited lots of sunk costs, which left them with budgetary challenges and meant they couldn’t afford to film in the original locations of Cheltenham and London.
A producer friend of Ged’s who had previously worked with Screen Yorkshire, suggested they might be able to help. Screen Yorkshire acted very quickly to do so. They introduced the producers to the local area and provided a clear indication of what could and couldn’t be done. After a couple of days, it became clear that the locations in Yorkshire meant the crew could duplicate the visuals of Cheltenham and London, but at a fraction of the cost.