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I am joined by Adam of who returned to the show to talk about two recent spy films that he recommended to me – Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit and The East. Both of these films were produced by people whose names appear on the DOD film list, and yet they paint very different pictures of the great game that is espionage. The new Jack Ryan reboot is an obvious piece of Cold War style military-intelligence-entertainment complex propaganda, whereas The East is a sensitive, intelligent and subtle portrayal of the infiltration of a radical anarchist group. Adam and I analysed both films, looking at the DOD list connections, the stark contrast in the portraits of spying, the even starker contrast in overall moral values and political sympathies, and much more.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The East

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Mark Vahradian

Mace Neufeld

Kenneth Branagh

Tony Scott

Ridley Scott

DOD film list – spreadsheet version