Businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) and prim but warm housewife Sheila (Jessie Buckley) lead a properly quiet English life. When rumblings of a mole in the Soviet Union government reach British intelligence agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) and CIA official Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan), Greville is called upon by his country precisely for his ordinariness. He is thrown into the political conflict, and as his efforts to end the Cuban Missile Crisis deepen, he forges an unbreakable bond with his informant, Oleg (Merab Ninidze), that will be put to the ultimate test. Pressured by Sheila’s suspicion of his secrecy and as the Soviets close in on the plot, Greville proves himself not to be ordinary at all.

Sundance Institute creative advisor Dominic Cooke directs this unflinchingly suspenseful political drama based on a true story. Cumberbatch and Buckley develop a pure and completely charming connection that adds a rosy hue to this dark portrait of the risks of espionage. Ironbark explores diplomacy, patriotism, virtue, and bravery, but above all else, Greville Wynne reminds us of the simple humanity at the center of every conflict.

Closed captioning and audio description are available for this film.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY Premieres

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 111 min

LANGUAGE English and Russian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY FilmNation Entertainment

EMAIL ssaldana@filmnation.com


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Dominic Cooke

Dominic Cooke was artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre from 2007 to 2013. His National Theatre production of Follies was nominated for 10 Olivier Awards. Cooke began his transition to television and film with the BAFTA Award–nominated Shakespearean adaptation The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses for the BBC. His first feature, On Chesil Beach, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was one of Variety's "10 best films of the festival."