DIRECTED BY TOM HARPER
"A striking piece of cinema that cries out to be seen."
A co-production with Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films, War Book marks our first foray into feature-length fiction. Written by Jack Thorne (Scouting Book for Boys, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child) and directed by Tom Harper (BBC’s War & Peace), the tense political-drama features an outstanding ensemble cast including Sophie Okonedo, Ben Chaplin, Phoebe Fox, Kerry Fox and Sir Anthony Sher.
A gripping chamber-piece that takes place over three days in the back rooms of Westminster, War Book follows nine civil servants as they conduct a role-playing exercise: how best to respond in the wake of a nuclear strike. But what starts out as a simple military drill soon takes on much wider implications.
War Book debuted at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and opened the 2014 Rotterdam International Film Festival to a fantastic critical reception. It opened in select cinemas in August 2015, followed by BBC4 screening the film as part of their Going Nuclear programme, a season of films contemplating the history and future of the nuclear age, designed to commemorate the seventy-year anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.