This is the film version of John Le Carre’s novel and he thoroughly approves of it. The photograph above is of Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Le Carre on set. You can read Le Carre’s moving tribute to Hoffman below. It is his last performance in a leading role and Peter Bradshaw says ‘it is a commanding performance from Hoffman, and an overwhelmingly satisfying note for this actor to end on’. Watching him makes his death at the age of 46 in February 2014 all the more sad. It is beautifully adapted for the screen by Andrew Bovell and Anton Corbijn’s direction is superb.
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity, oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Hoffman is Bachmann, a spymaster running a covert operation to root out jihadis in Hamburg and having to deal with the politics that surround his work.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall