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An older man with white hair leans back in his armchair. The room is blue, and on the table before him is 6 eggs.

The Pigeon Tunnel

  Errol Morris

  United Kingdom     94 minutes


Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue LineThe Fog of War) pulls back the curtain on the storied life and career of former British spy David Cornwell — better known as John le Carré, author of such classic espionage novels as The Spy Who Came in from the ColdTinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Cold War leading into present day, the film spans six decades as le Carré delivers his final and most candid interview, addressing, among others, the pivotal role of his con-man father. Punctuated with rare archival footage and dramatized vignettes, The Pigeon Tunnel is a deeply human and engaging exploration of le Carré’s extraordinary journey and the paper-thin membrane between fact and fiction.


Screenings & Events

Film Credits

  •   Errol Morris, Dominic Crossley-Holland, Steven Hathaway, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell
  •   Errol Morris
  •   Steven Hathaway
  •   Igor Martinovic
  •   David Cornwell
  •   Philip Glass, Paul Leonard-Morgan
  •   Hossein Amini, P.J. Van Sandwijk, Michael Lesslie, Arthur Wang, Joe Tsai, Michele Wolkoff, Katherine Butler
  •   Ink Factory Films, Fourth Forth Floor, Jago Films, Storyteller Productions, 127 Wall