Fri 22 January 12:01am
Sponsored by CityFibre
Director: Taghi Amirani
Starring: Ralph Fiennes
Available to stream at home from Friday 8 January at 2pm
Ten years in the making, COUP 53 tells the story of the 1953 the Anglo-American coup d’état that overthrew Iran’s government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and reinstalled the Shah. The CIA/MI6 covert action was called Operation Ajax and focussed on who controls and benefits from Iran’s oil.
Iranian director Taghi Amirani and Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) uncover never-before-seen archive material to reveal the full story in unprecedented detail for the first time. Shot in seven countries, featuring participants and first-hand witnesses, COUP 53 is a politically explosive and cinematically innovative documentary that lifts the lid on secrets buried for over sixty-six years.
Working with Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler’s List, The English Patient) to help bring the lost material to life, what began as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran’s volatile relationship with America and Britain has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.
★★★★★ “RALPH FIENNES APPEARS, LENDING A WRY LE CARRE AIR TO PROCEEDINGS AS AN ENIGMATIC MI6 AGENT WITH AN EXPLOSIVE TESTIMONY” The Times
★★★★ “POWERFUL AND AUTHORITATIVE… AS GRIPPING AS ANY THRILLER” The Guardian
Stream on demand from Friday 8 January for £9.99. You’ll have 72 hours to watch the film. 50% of the streaming fee goes towards supporting Northampton Filmhouse.
Included in your ticket is a free pass to a special Q&A with Ralph Fiennes, Walter Murch and Taghi Amirani, chaired by Michael Moore.
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