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Sacking of staff member by Gloucestershire employer becomes Hollywood movie

It is highly unlikely one of Gloucestershire's biggest employers thought the sacking of a staff members in 2003 would go unnoticed, but for it to become a Hollywood film!

British actor Keira Knightley, no less, plays the part of the former staff member whose decision to pass information on her employer's business to the media did more than see her sacked.

In real life it was the then 28-year old Katharine Gun whose actions landed her in court facing prosecution by the State as a result of the breach of the Official Secrets Act, only for the case to be mysteriously dropped after half an hour.

Dunn's actions drew the world's attentions to how the United States was enlisting Britain's help to gather compromising information on members of the UN Security Council in order to get them to vote in favour of the invasion of Iraq.

Her employer at the time was, of course, the Government listening post that is GCHQ.

The film has gone on released in America and been described by critics as "crackling" and a perfect vehicle for the talents of the lead actress.

It is due for its UK release on October 18, 2019.

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