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Silver City - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

JOHN Sayles is often hailed as the king of independent cinema, so it is little wonder that his latest movie, Silver City, was able to attract such a mouth-watering cast.

Silver City, a scathing political lampoon and sun-stunned neo-noir detective story, stars former Oscar winner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Daryl Hannah, Danny Houston, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Kay Place and Tim Roth.

Set in Colorado, during a state gubernatorial race, the film follows a grammatically challenged, born-again candidate (Cooper), who is the scion of a formidable right-wing political dynasty.

The candidate is in the midst of fumbling his way toward elected office when an unexplained corpse emerges to threaten his campaign, his family's empire and the special interest groups that pull his strings.

His subsequent investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers.


The Hollywood Reporter describes Silver City as Sayles' best film yet, and quotes Newmarket Films president and partner, Bob Berney, as predicting that it will ‘really shake up this political season with its spirited sense of mischief-making’.

Newmarket pulled out all the stops to ensure that they landed distribution rights for the picture, but, as Berney adds: "John has put together a truly amazing cast, all delivering inspired performances."

The negotiations during the City deal were led for Newmarket by company principal, William Tyrer,

who commented: "On behalf of my partners and myself, I can honestly say that we could not be more proud to be in business with John Sayles.

"He has created some of the most memorable and important films of the last few decades, and we believe Silver City will be the latest addition to this group."

The film marks something of a coup for Newmarket, who appear to be on a roll, having backed some of the hottest independent films of the year so far.

It is sure to inspire interest when it opens in America, given the level of political awareness in the wake of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

Two of Newmarket’s other main acquisitions this year have been Mel Gibson's ultra-successful The Passion of the Christ, and the Oscar-winner, Monster, for which Charlize Theron took the best actress accolade.

Another upcoming project is Stander, starring The Punisher’s Thomas Jane, as a South African police officer-turned-notorious bank robber. It is already being tipped as another potential money-spinner for the company, which could well complete a memorable year.

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