While their major event has already been held this year, the team behind the annual Gold Coast Film Festival were not content with just a week and a half of films each year. Therefore they have decided to also host smaller film screenings throughout the year. The first mini-event was for the surprisingly distinct Predestination which pretty much sold out the entire Gold Coast Arts Centre cinema.
The second screening has recently been confirmed to take place on November 13th 2014 at 6:30PM. This will be for the documentary Our Man in Tehran, which is about telling the whole story of the “Canadian Caper”, a real event that was adapted into Ben Affleck’s film “Argo”. It focuses on the plight of Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran who played a pivotal role in keeping six American diplomats safe and ultimately allowing their escape from the country.
Those who are in attendance will also be able to take part in a Q&A with Ken and Pat Taylor who will be in attendance at the screening. If you cannot make it then don’t fret, as Siren Visual will be publishing the film only a few of days later on DVD. Information and ticketing information can be found HERE.
Former Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, who facilitated the 1980 escape of six US Embassy workers during the Irani hostage crisis, takes us inside the true story behind the Academy Award winning Argo in this facinating, in-depth documentary portrait. While Ben Affleck’s Argo rekindled public interest in and awareness of Canada’s pivotal role in the rescue of six US embassy staffers during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, the film was entertainment first and foremost – “based on a true story” but not the whole story.
In this gripping documentary, the story of the “Canadian Caper” is told by Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans in his official residence and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape from Tehran. Taking us step by step through the story, Taylor offers a vivid, first person account of the weeks of nerve-fraying tension as he and his collaborators put their clandestine plan in motion, knowing that the slightest error could mean dire consequences for all. Also featuring interviews with the rescued Americans, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, and ex-CIA officer Tony Mendez (Argo’s main protagonist).
– Siren Visual Synopsis