Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

A Call to Spy - Free Q&A with Sarah Megan Thomas & Samuel Roukin & Author Erika Robuck

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In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency – “SOE” – to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s “Spymistress,” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (played by Radhika Apte), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Inspired by true stories, this original screenplay draws on SOE, OSS (pre-cursor to CIA), and CIA files, as well as interviews with living relatives.


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Presented In partnership with IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management


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Sarah Megan Thomas


SARAH MEGAN THOMAS (Virginia Hall) is an actress, producer, and writer. For her latest film, A CALL TO SPY, Sarah wrote the original screenplay, plays Virginia Hall, and produced the film.


Sarah’s previous feature was the groundbreaking EQUITY, in which she created the concept, co-wrote the story, produced, and co-starred. EQUITY is the 1st female driven Wall Street thriller. The film premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Sony Pictures Classics. The New York Times made EQUITY a Critic’s Pick when it was released theatrically nationwide. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed Sarah's performance as “subtle, but gutsy.”


Sarah was honored with a Women's Image Network Award, The Creative Coalition Spotlight Award, and the Voice of a Woman Award. Sarah starred in the romance-drama BACKWARDS opposite James Van Der Beek and has appeared in various television shows (“Law and Order, SVU”). She starred in numerous Off-Broadway productions. A graduate of Williams College, Sarah trained at Drama Studio London. She resides in NYC with her husband and son.


SAMUEL ROUKIN (Christopher) starred in the 2008 film Happy-Go-Lucky as the love interest of the main character, Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins).

Roukin later portrayed a detective in the ITV1 Drama Appropriate Adult, a two-part dramatization exploring the aftermath of the capture of serial killers Fred West and Rosemary West. Roukin also portrayed British Lieutenant-Colonel John Graves Simcoe, one of the main antagonists of the 2014 AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies, a period drama about American Revolutionary War spies.

Erika Robuck is the national bestselling author of Hemingway’s GirlCall Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, The House of Hawthorne, and Receive Me Falling. She is a contributor to the anthology Grand Central: Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion, and to the Writer’s Digest Essay Collection, Author in Progress. She writes satire (#Hockeystrong) as E. Robuck.


Her forthcoming novel, The Invisible Woman (February 9, 2021, Berkley, Penguin Random House) is about real-life superwoman of WWII, OSS/SOE agent Virginia Hall.