The Pigeon Tunnel
Official release poster
Film poster
Directed byErrol Morris
Produced by
  • Dominic Crossley-Holland
  • Steven Hathaway
  • Simon Cornwell
  • Stephen Cornwell
CinematographyIgor Martinovic
Edited bySteven Hathaway
Music by
  • The Ink Factory
  • Fourth Floor Productions
  • Jago Films
  • Storyteller Productions
  • 127 Wall Productions
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 1 September 2023 (2023-09-01) (Telluride)
  • 20 October 2023 (2023-10-20)
Running time
94 minutes[2]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Pigeon Tunnel is a 2023 British documentary film directed by Errol Morris. It follows the life and career of John le Carré.

It had its world premiere at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2023. It received critical acclaim and was named one of the top 5 documentary films of 2023 by the National Board of Review.[3]


The film explores the life and career of John le Carré.


In July 2023, it was announced Errol Morris had directed a documentary revolving around John le Carré, with Apple TV+ set to distribute.[4]


The film had its world premiere at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2023.[5][6] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2023.[7] It was released on 20 October 2023.[8]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 96% of 84 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8/10. The website's consensus reads: "Enthralling for fans as well as those who've never read one of his bestsellers, The Pigeon Tunnel pulls back the curtain on a master of the espionage thriller."[9] On Metacritic, another aggregator, the film holds a weighted average score of 79 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[10]


  1. ^ "The Pigeon Tunnel (2023)". BBFC. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  2. ^ "The Pigeon Tunnel". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  3. ^ Lewis, Hilary (6 December 2023). "National Board of Review Names 'Killers of the Flower Moon' Best Film of 2023". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  4. ^ Carey, Matthew (24 July 2023). "Documentary On Spy Novelist John Le Carré, AKA David Cornwell, Coming From Apple TV+, The Ink Factory And Oscar Winner Errol Morris". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  5. ^ Davis, Clayton (30 August 2023). "Telluride Lineup Includes World Premieres of 'Saltburn,' 'The Bikeriders' and 'Rustin' With Tributes for Yorgos Lanthimos and Wim Wenders". Variety. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Program Guide" (PDF). Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  7. ^ Mullen, Pat (9 August 2023). "Thom Powers on the Buzz and Biz of TIFF Docs". POV Magazine. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  8. ^ Carey, Matthew (30 August 2023). "Watch Trailer For Telluride World Premiere 'The Pigeon Tunnel,' Errol Morris's Portrait Of Spy Novelist John Le Carré aka David Cornwell". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  9. ^ "The Pigeon Tunnel". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  10. ^ "The Pigeon Tunnel". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved 22 October 2023.