Operation Julie is a comedy-thriller telling the extraordinary true story of the undercover police operation that smashed one of the most bizarre drug rings the world has ever seen – and changed British policing forever.
In April 1975 a brilliant Cambridge biochemist, Richard Kemp, was involved in a fatal car accident near Machynlleth. The crash led to the discovery of evidence connecting Kemp to a suspected LSD “factory” in north Wales. On 26 March 1977, following a 13 month police investigation, officers swooped on 87 properties in England and Wales, arresting 120 suspects in the largest series of drugs raids ever seen in the UK.
With exclusive rights to the memoirs of one of these officers, Stephen Bentley, Operation Julie has all the tension, drama and commercial appeal of the best films in the undercover crime genre – but all given a gleefully British comedic period spin as a peace and love Donnie Brasco plays out among the free-love communes, sheep farms and horizontal rain of 1970’s rural Wales.
The film offers an exclusive first-hand account of the story’s human drama, shining a light on the escapades of two officers who went so deep undercover they were no longer sure what side they were meant to be on, and the loveable rogues who captured the hearts of the locals despite their double lives as members of an international criminal conspiracy.