A review of the new film “Red Joan”

Melita Norwood was a British civil servant who was recruited as a Soviet agent in 1937 and passed on valuable information about creation of the atomic bomb, yet managed to escape exposure until 1999 when she was 87.

Her story is the inspiration for this film in which the character is named Joan Stanley and played by Sophie Cookson as a young woman and Judi Dench at the time of her belated arrest.

It is a competent enough work with able performances and fine costumes, but there is no real excitement and too little of Dench.

You can learn about Norwood here.


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