Thatcher’s England circa 1979 is a land of striking unions and soaring inflation, impacting even 14-year-old Shay as he struggles with bullies, school and housework after his mother abandons their family. When his dad is hospitalized, Shay becomes responsible for his younger sister and his burdens mirror the chaotic country at large, as does the salvation he feels at seeing The Clash perform. Inspired by music that addresses the poverty and injustices that surround him, Shay meets a girl, dyes his hair and breaks the rules, but it’s his good heart that ultimately wins him the most unlikely of champions: Joe Strummer himself.
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny’s striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century.