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Apple Original Films has acquired The Pigeon Tunnel, a new documentary about former British spy David Cornwell, better known as best-selling author John le Carré.

The Pigeon Tunnel
John le Carré in The Pigeon Tunnel — Photo credit: Des Willie, courtesy of Apple TV+

From Academy Award®-winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and The Ink Factory (The Night Manager) comes The Pigeon Tunnel, a new feature documentary that pulls back the curtain on the storied life and career of former British spy David Cornwell — better known as John le Carré, best-selling author of such genre-defining espionage novels as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Night Manager, 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, punctuated with rare archival footage and dramatized vignettes.

Drawing on le Carré’s New York Times best-selling memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, the film is an unprecedented voyage into the lesser-known parts of the iconic and historically private author’s formative experiences, set to an original score by Philip Glass in collaboration with Paul Leonard-Morgan.

Said Simon and Stephen Cornwell, co-CEOs and co-founders at The Ink Factory, who are also David’s sons:

“Full of deep insight, and surprising, amusing and often profoundly moving anecdotes, ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’ charts a conversation between two great minds, both consummate storytellers; one who wove extraordinary fiction from the events he experienced, the other whose interrogation of those events has led so often to a greater truth. Together, they explore the events of the Cold War, and of le Carré’s life, testing the boundaries of truth, memory and imagination. The layered and unorthodox film is a tête-à-tête between a filmmaker and a novelist – both masters of their craft – grappling with the roots of the creative process, the power of fiction and our responsibility to the truth.”

The producers are BAFTA Award winner Dominic Crossley-Holland (All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace) and Steven Hathaway (Wormwood), and Emmy® Award nominees Simon Cornwell (The Night Manager) and Stephen Cornwell (The Night Manager). Executive producers are Academy Award® nominee Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove), BAFTA Award nominee P.J. van Sandwijk (The Rescue), News & Documentary Award winner Michael Lesslie (The Rescue), Joe Tsai (The Night Manager), Arthur Wang (The Night Manager), Michele Wolkoff (The Current War: Director’s Cut), and Katherine Butler (American Animals). The Pigeon Tunnel is produced by The Ink Factory and Fourth Floor Productions, in association with Jago Films, Storyteller Productions, and 127 Wall Productions.

The Pigeon Tunnel premieres October 20, exclusively on Apple TV+.

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The Pigeon Tunnel: Apple TV+ Acquires Doc About Former Spy Better Known as John le Carré
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