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6 Days

In April 1980 six gunmen seized the Iranian Embassy in London. This is the story of the SAS operation in the six days that followed.


Dir Toa Fraser
Prod Matthew Metcalfe
Scr Glenn Standring
With Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish
New Zealand-UK
UK Distribution Netflix

In April 1980, six gunmen took control of the Iranian Embassy in London. This is the story of the SAS operation that ended the siege. When a group of radical Iranian Arabs took over the Iranian Embassy in London, only two things were clear: the heavily armed men would deliver on their promise to kill all 26 hostages if their demands were not met, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would never bow to terrorists. The middle ground in this Mexican stand-off is the tense, true-life setting for Toa Fraser’s gripping drama, which stars Mark Strong as Chief Inspector Max Vernon, the negotiator brought in to prevent bloodshed, and Jamie Bell as cool-headed SAS team leader Rusty Firmin. Blending newsreel with pulse-quickening reconstruction, 6 Days is both a story of heroism on terror’s frontline and a timely reminder of the capital’s endurance. London can take it.

Damon Wise

Festival guests

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  • Jamie Bell, Cast; Mark Strong, Cast

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