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Press Release: Whistleblowers Film Featuring Katherine Gun, Helen Evans and Rose McGowan Receives Nomination For Raindance Film Festival

When We Speak”, which premieres on 2 November at 6:30pm at the Curzon, Soho, follows the incredible stories of the women who risked everything to expose injustices committed by some of the most powerful people on earth. Nominated for the prestigious Raindance Film Festival, the film is directed by Tas Brooker with involvement from Protect, the whistleblowing charity.

It follows the stories of three women who share their motivations, experiences and the huge personal sacrifices they made to challenge injustice.

  • Rose McGowan, American actress who spoke out on sexual abuse in Hollywood leading to the #MeToo movement.
  • Katharine Gun, British intelligence employee who exposed the illegal activities of the British state in their attempt to gain UN approval for the invasion of Iraq.
  • Helen Evans, Oxfam aid worker who exposed sexual abuse carried out by some of its workforce and the institutional cover up that followed.

Protect was closely involved in the creation of this important film with director Tas Brooker. Our Head of Advice, Bob Matheson, features as a key expert on whistleblowing law – and our senior legal adviser, Nneka Egbuji also shares experiences of the whistleblowers who call our free legal adviceline.

Liz Gardiner, Chief Executive of Protect, said:

“Protect is proud to have contributed to this excellent and timely production. The film recognises the courage and resilience of three women whistleblowers and highlights the difference that their whistleblowing has made.”

The film has been nominated for the Raindance ‘Best Documentary feature’ Award and has already won in the Best Documentary category at the Whistleblowers’ Summit & Film Festival. When We Speak will be screened at the Curzon Soho on 2 November 2022 at 6:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with one of the stars of the film, Helen Evans.

Bob Matheson, Head of Advice at Protect said:

“This film shines an important spotlight on the significant barriers whistleblowers face to speak up. It also shows the particular obstacles women have to overcome to have their concerns heard. I hope this film will highlight to lawmakers, employers and the public at large the importance of whistleblowers in the fight against injustice and encourage serious reform to protect the right to speak up.”

Director of When We Speak, Tas Brooker said

Protect were an integral part of making this documentary. Nneka and Bob’s contribution to the film shaped the narrative of how important whistleblowers are to our society.”

You can purchase tickets here.


For further information, please contact Bob Matheson,, Gabriel Salter,, tel: 0203 117 2520 or Tas Brooker, tel: 07739 072 462.

If you are a journalist interested in attending the premiere contact Gabriel Salter,

Trailer for the film – When We Speak Trailer 2022