Carter-Ruck partner Guy Martin and associate Katherine Hooley have advised the prominent film director Taghi Amirani and film editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) concerning their film Coup 53.

Coup 53 is a historical documentary about the CIA/MI6 sponsored coup in Iran which took place in August 1953. Coup 53 tells the story of the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mossadegh and his replacement by the Shah of Iran. The story is told in unprecedented detail and also includes dramatic revelations about secrets buried for 67 years. The film has won many awards and it has received numerous accolades which can be viewed here:

The Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw awarded the documentary 4/5 stars and highlights it as “powerful and authoritative documentary by the Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani [and] is as gripping as any thriller”, “A riveting documentary on a very British coup” [and] “a grim curtain-raiser to today’s tragedies”

The Times film reviewer Larushka Ivan-Zadeh gave it a 5 star review and praised “The sheer level of granular detail [that] could overwhelm without Amirani’s boundless to-camera energy. He transforms sifting through dusty plastic bags and filing cabinets into a thrilling detective case” and also commented “Ralph Fiennes appears, lending a wry Le Carré air to proceedings as an enigmatic MI6 agent with an explosive testimony”

Guy Martin and Katherine Hooley advised the filmmakers.


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