A Call to Spy, (also known as Liberté: A Call to Spy) is a film directed and produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher (Lydia Dean Pilcher) 2019 American historical drama film. The film is inspired by the true stories of three women who served as spies in Churchill’s secret army. It is played by Sarah Megan Thomas as Virginia Hall, Radhika Apte as Noor Inayat Khan, and Stana Katic as Vera Atkins.
A Call to Spy premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21, 2019, and will be screened in the United States on October 2, 2020 in cinemas and on video-on-demand.
At the beginning of World War II, as Britain became desperate, Churchill ordered his new spy agency Special Operations Executive (SOE) to recruit and train women as spies. Their difficult task: to conduct sabotage and build resistance. State-owned enterprise “female spy” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) recruited two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious wooden-legged American, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), Indian Muslim pacifist. Together, these women helped destroy the Nazi regime in France and left an undoubted legacy. Inspired by real stories.
Sarah Megan Thomas as Virginia Hall
Stana Katic as Vera Atkins
Radhika Apte as Noor Inayat Khan
Linus Roache as Maurice Buckmaster
Rossif Sutherland as Dr. Chevain
Samuel Roukin as Christopher
Andrew Richardson as Alfonse
Laila Robins as Pirani
Marc Rissmann as Klaus Barbie
Mathilde Ollivier as Giselle
Pilcher said that she likes this story because she feels that a story about the power of multiculturalism is closely related to the rise of nationalism and extremism today. She wants to tell a story about these women, and these women Did not get enough attention in history.
In order to prepare for the role of Noor Inayat Khan, Radhika Apte did a lot of research, which included reading information about historical characters, as well as watching spy movies and reading classic novels related to the character.
Filming was done in Philadelphia and Budapest, both of which provided tax credits for production.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the film was screened for the first time at the Edinburgh International Film Festival under the title “Liberation: Call for Spy”.
The film won the Audience Choice Award with a record number at the Whistler Film Festival. 97% of the people voted to vote for it as their favorite movie. “This is the highest since “La Laland” won the championship. digital”. The film also won an award from the League of Women Film Journalists. The jury voted unanimously, and the film won the Anti-Defamation League Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. IFC Films subsequently obtained the North American distribution rights and is expected to be released in theaters in the second half of 2020.
The film was well received by critics and was well received by the audience on the holiday tour. Screen Daily noted that this is “an eye-catching title.”