LONDON (Reuters) – Actress Keira Knightley turns to the 2003 Iraq War for her latest film “Official Secrets”, in which she portrays a British government employee who was fired for leaking a secret U.S. memo in the run-up to the conflict.
The 34-year old plays Katharine Gun, a former translator at Britain’s global spy center who was charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act for leaking a U.S. memo seeking London’s help in spying on the United Nations.
Knightley - Reuters - Role - Excerpts - Interview
Knightley spoke to Reuters about the role. Below are edited excerpts of the interview.
Q: Very few people know Gun’s story.
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Knightley: “I remember the lead up to that conflict really well and I do not remember anything about this story…I thought wow, this is a really interesting thing to shine a light on, particularly when you look at the conflict in Iraq in terms of history, you think well that’s a piece of the puzzle that feels very important and that I think people should know more about.”
Q: Why is it important for people to know more about it?
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Knightley: “It’s the questions that it brings: government accountability, legality of conflict and if perhaps conflicts are not legal, who is held accountable for that? How do we want our societies to work?”
Q: How much of it was a wakeup call to our...
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