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The Roxie is pleased to present the U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE of THE BANK one of the most critically lauded Australian films of recent memory. Set in the fast-paced, ruthless world of investor trading, THE BANK is an exciting new thriller starring Anthony LaPaglia (Lantana) and David Wenham (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & The Return of the King). Jim Doyle (Wenham) is a brilliant young mathematician working at the far reaches of chaos theory to perfect a program that can predict future stock market crashes. In need of financing, the altruistic Doyle brings his program to Centabank CEO Simon O'Reilly (LaPaglia), a slick, ruthless executive who embodies the "greed is good" ethos. O'Reilly recognizes a different, more sinister potential in Doyle's research and agrees to bankroll the project. His plan is a bold insider-trading scheme that would leave the bank's competitors, as well as the public, crushed in the ensuing economic collapse. With the vast resources of the bank at his disposal and state-of-the-art market stimulation technology, Doyle is soon able to predict the exact point of the coming market crash. THE BANK takes a hard look at morality in the corporate world at a time when reality has finally caught up with the tragic circumstances of fiction. WINNER Best Original Screenplay, Australian Film Institute Award, Best Editing, Australian Film Critics Circle, Best Music Score, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Silver Award, Australian Cinematographers Society. Starring Anthony LaPaglia and David Wenhem. Written and directed by Robert Connolly. In Color. 35mm. 103 mins. 2001. AUSTRALIA. Official Website Nightly at ; 7:00 and 9:15; Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday matinees at 2:00 and 4:30.
"A very satisfying stick-it-to-the-man fantasy "
"Gripping. THE BANK is an anti-business thriller, and its timing couldn't be better. It's about lying and cheating, corporate shenanigans, cutthroat business practices, market manipulation and stockholders clamoring for bigger profits at the expense of workers and society at large".- SF Chronicle
"I enjoyed THE BANK so much and was so completely taken in by its twisty story that I easily blew off minor nitpicks… it stacks up admirably next to David Mamet's best thrillers." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, SF Examiner
SUNDAY, a powerful and moving drama-documentary tells the story of the events of January 30th, 1972 when British Paratroopers shot dead 14 unarmed civilians, and wounded a further 15, during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland. The film was produced to mark the 30th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and aired in England and Ireland. The film was written by award-winning writer JIMMY McGOVERN (Hillsborough, Cracker), directed by CHARLES McDOUGALL (Hillsborough) and produced by GUB NEAL (Hillsborough, Cracker). The program, made with the full consultation and co-operation of the families affected by the tragedy, has been carefully researched over several years by an experienced factual production team. More than a hundred first-hand interviews have been conducted with British soldiers and officers, priests, politicians, medical experts and eyewitnesses as well as relatives. The drama-documentary examines the political context for "Bloody Sunday", as well as the impact of the first official Government Inquiry into the day itself, conducted by the then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery, in 1972. Starring CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, CIARAN McMENAMIN, OLIVER FORD DAVIES and BRID BRENNAN, the drama was filmed in Derry and Manchester, where the production team recreated Londonderry of the 1970s. The re-enactment of the march - in which more than 2,000 local people took part - took place in Derry itself in March 2001. Following the transmission of McGovern's multi award-winning drama-documentary Hillsborough, STEPHEN GARGAN and JIM KEYS, members of the Bloody Sunday Organizing Committee, invited him to Derry. McGovern was introduced to relatives of the dead, as well as those wounded on Bloody Sunday. Gaslight Productions was formed to research and develop the story. McGovern wrote the script based on interviews with the bereaved and wounded, and soldiers, as well as a wide cross-section of people involved on the day. A team of investigative journalists, led by Factual Producer Katy Jones, also conducted painstaking background research for the program, and corroborated the factual basis of the drama-documentary independently. Key scenes are based on evidence presented to the Widgery and Saville inquiries. Producer Stephen Gargan said, "We want to work with people in struggle. Societies are always in conflict, we want to make films that give voice to those in the margins. Films that challenge pre-conceived ideas. Films that can empower people and make a contribution towards a greater understanding of our respective situations. As an opening statement SUNDAY sets the tone for the type of films we want to make. There will always be a need to hear the 'other side.'" SUNDAY has been commissioned by Channel 4's Head of Drama, TESSA ROSS. It is produced by Sunday (NI) Productions Limited - a joint venture between Box TV and Derry-based Gaslight Productions. For morre info, log onto Sundayfilm.net. 2001. 90 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00. Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at 2:00 and 4:00.
"Powerful.... Writer Jimmy McGovern spent three years researching a script that cleaves hard to the historical record yet makes no bones about where the real blame lies." -- SF Bay Guardian
The Roxie is pleased to present the WEST COAST THEATRICAL PREMIERE of the illuminating new film AYURVEDA: The Art of Being. Originating in India and then spreading to Egypt, Greece, Rome Tibet, China, Russia and Japan, Ayurveda is probably the world's oldest continually practiced holistic healthcare system. In AYURVEDA: The Art of Being, the Indo-French director, Pan Nalin travels all over India and follows several Indian practitioners of this discipline as they apply-with astonishing success-the ancient Ayurveda doctrines in this age of nuclear power, the internet and instant everything. The film follows healers who scan their patients by covering the body with a certain kind of mud to detect disease, tribesmen in remote Indian deserts who never become ill simply by telling themselves not to do so, doctors curing leukemia with the bark of a tree… But AYURVEDA: The Art of Being is not about the quantifiable success of ancient healing methods. The film discovers the mysteries of human mind and body in the light of Ayurveda, where every disease is an imbalance of a human being's life energies thus allowing for the possibility that every disease can be cured by re-establishing and maintaining this balance. AYURVEDA is a journey through India-but it is also a journey in time: times of ancient ways of healing, times of tribal ways of healing, times of modern ways of healing. Official Website. Runningtime = 102 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15; Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday matinees at 2:00 & 4:30. NOTE: NO 9:15 SHOW, TUESDAY, SEPT 17.
"Pan Nalin's rich documentary offers an intimate look at Ayurveda, an ancient natural healing art practiced in rural India, and explores its influences on alternative health care worldwide." -- SF Bay Guardian
U.S. Theatrical Premiere
A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, BIGGIE & TUPAC investigates the still unsolved murders of rap superstars Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G.) and Tupac Shakur.
This is a story of two great friends who had a misunderstanding, a falling out and who became deadly enemies. Their murders were long explained as being the result of the rivalry that had grown up between them, but as the fifth anniversary of their deaths approaches, award-winning documentary maker Nick Broomfield reveals startling evidence to suggest the blame lays elsewhere.
"The film traces the lives and violent deaths of former friends Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls), an exploration that ranges from Los Angeles to New York, from the insistent calls for justice by Wallace's mother to the unnerving threats, veiled and unveiled, by Suge Knight. Unexpectedly moving and tough-minded, at times even wildly, carelessly brave, this is the film that Broomfield has been working toward since he started down the documentary path. If the director makes it through the year alive-and given some of the revelations he secures, principally from friends of Wallace/Smalls who, out of love for the dead rapper and his mother, prove incredibly candid-Broomfield will have made not just the best film of his career, but one of the gutsier documentaries in memory."-- Manohla Dargis, LA Weekly
" In BIGGIE AND TUPAC (Broomfield) hits paydirt. This is an LA story worthy of Chandler or Ellroy. - TIME OUT, London.
In Shifting Sands
AS THE WORLD TEETERS CLOSER TO THE EDGE OF WAR, the Roxie presents the U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE of IN SHIFTING SANDS: The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq, a feature-length documentary that looks at the complex issues surrounding the interplay between the United States, the United Nations, and Iraq in regard to Iraq's obligation to be disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction. IN SHIFTING SANDS is written and directed by former UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter. Ritter, who has been branded a traitor by the mainstream media and the Bush Administration, brings his first-hand insights and experiences in the telling of this complex story. Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have been at the forefront of international attention since the end of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. A program of arms inspection was implemented under UN Security Council resolution mandate requiring the removal, destruction or rendering harmless of Iraq's lethal arsenal in April, 1991. The lifting of a stringent economic embargo was linked to Iraq's compliance with its obligation to be disarmed. Ten years later the status of Iraq's weapons remains uncertain. UN weapons inspectors are no longer working in Iraq, and the economic embargo remains in place. How has this turn of events come to pass? And who is responsible? IN SHIFTING SANDS provides the full story, told here for the first time through interviews with: ROLF EKEUS (the first Chief of the UN weapons inspectors), TARIQ AZIZ (Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq) as well as numerous other former weapons inspectors and Iraqi officials. The result is a balanced, objective accounting of the work of the UN inspectors. Starts September 21: Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 noon only.
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