Page Eight

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Original title Page Eight
Category Thriller, Mystery, Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 2011
Production Country
Directors David Hare
Cast Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Judy Davis, Saskia Reeves, Ewen Bremner, Marthe Keller, Richard Lintern, Holly Aird, Alice Krige, Kate Burdette, Rakhee Thakrar
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Synopsis

Page Eight is lovingly turned, with elegant writing, a flawless cast and a heartfelt message from writer/director David Hare about the danger zone where spies and politicians meet. The tension builds gently as we follow the fortunes of Johnny Worricker, a jazz-loving charmer who works high up at MI5 as an intelligence analyst. It’s a part made for Bill Nighy and he purrs out bon mots with a weary panache that women 20 years younger find irresistible. One such is his neighbour, Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz), in a Battersea mansion block. The question for Johnny is whether her interest in him is genuine or hides something darker. As his boss (Michael Gambon) puts it: “Distrust is a terrible habit.” Questions of trust, honour and friendship rumble through the play. The characters exchange oblique repartee as a plot about a damning dossier unwinds. It’s not to be missed.