Liberte: A Call To Spy, a new World War II espionage drama, will debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21.
World War II espionage drama, Liberte: A Call To Spy, will enjoy its world premiere at the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21.
Inspired by the true stories of women recruited by the new spy organisation “SOE” to be part of Churchill’s Secret Army during the Second World War, Liberte: A Call To Spy is the first feature film to be made about these historical heroes.
Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher, the film tells the largely unknown story of a group of diverse and inspiring women including writer/producer Sarah Megan Thomas’ character Virginia Hall, a young American woman who despite having a prosthetic leg became known as one of the Allies’ most dangerous spies.
Unveiled for the first time during the same month we remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Liberte: A Call To Spy has been nominated for Best International Feature Film at the festival.
Its story is based on Churchill’s creation of SOE, a spy organisation to disrupt the Nazi war machine. Its mission was to place spies everywhere in France to conduct sabotage and subversion.
Thomas stars alongside Stana Katic as the hugely influential Vera Atkins who, within the SOE, became known as the ‘Spymistress’, and Radhika Apte, Britain’s first Muslim war heroine, Noor Inayat Khan.
Khan is one of two spies – alongside Virginia Hall – Atkins recruits to train in Scotland. Together, these women, one a Muslim pacifist, the other sporting a wooden leg, form a sisterhood while enduring dangerous missions to build a new spy network and stop Hitler.
Liberte: A Call To Spy is the first feature film to be made about these historical heroes. The script draws from the recollections of Virginia Hall’s living relatives as well as historical records archived by the SOE, the OSS (precursor to the CIA), and individuals within the SOE and OSS communities in addition to former CIA personnel.
The continuing relevance of the film’s historical figures is reconfirmed by recent recognition recently given to them such as Hall being the subject of three 2019 biographies.
The EIFF World Premiere will be attended by Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte, Rossif Sutherland, Linus Roche, Marc Rissmann and Lydia Dean Pilcher.