Errol Morris’s John le Carré Doc Lands on Apple TV+


Apple Original Films has revealed the new documentary The Pigeon Tunnel, from Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and The Ink Factory (The Night Manager).

The Pigeon Tunnel charts the storied life and career of former British spy David Cornwell, better known as John le Carré, author of such espionage novels as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Night Manager and The Constant Gardener.

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.

The film will make its global debut on October 20 on Apple TV+.

Simon and Stephen Cornwell, co-CEOs and co-founders at The Ink Factory (and sons of David Cornwell), said: “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.”