War Book

War Book

Facts

Genre
Thriller
Year
2014
Status
Completed
Director
Tom Harper
Producer
Tom Harper, Lauren Dark
Writer
Jack Thorne
Cast
Shaun Evans, Sophie Okonedo, Ben Chaplin, Kerry Fox, Nathan Stewart-Jerrett, Adeel Akhtar, Anthony Sher, Morgan Walters, Nicholas Burns

Logline

A chilling war game between a group of government officials reaches boiling point and, as their hypothetical global crisis escalates, the fragility of everyday life and those who govern it is brutally exposed.

Synopsis

WAR BOOK takes place over three days as nine civil servants gather in a government building to take part in a policy shaping scenario. They are there to take decisions on Britain’s reaction to an international nuclear attack. At first the participants are casual, playing out the scenario against a backdrop of their own petty squabbles and personal ambitions. Only two participants know the truth - that the country is secretly facing a real nuclear threat, and that their theoretical responses may become reality sooner than they can know. As the scenario escalates and the group begins to address the breakdown of civil order, the reality that they are deciding our futures dawns. When personal politics crash irrevocably into the room, each is forced to look closely at what they really believe, and how much their decisions are actually worth.