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The Bank

THE BANK is a thriller set in the world of high finance, a modern day story of alchemy.

Jim Davis is a mathematical genius working in the far reaches of econometrics, searching for a formula to understand the futures market, to predict it and subsequently make unlimited profits.

Simon O’Reilly is the CEO of Centabank, one of Australia’s leading financial institutions. His imagination and greed are captivated by the potential in Jim’s research, and Simon lures him away from his studies at Melbourne University to work for Centabank.

With huge amounts of money and resources at Jim’s disposal, his formula evolves and the otherwise cynical Simon and the bank’s Board of Directors, fall under the spell of Jim’s system.

A thorn in Simon’s side is Centabank’s exposure to massive foreign currency loans through a raft of legal suits against the bank. Wayne and Diane’s business has been foreclosed on by Centabank, and with the assistance of a young legal aid lawyer, they begin a precedent legal action against the bank.

Jim’s desire to succeed in his quest has a price, and Simon’s confidence and faith in Jim must be proven. Only Michelle, at the front line of banking as a Centabank teller, suspects Jim’ true motivation and the mystery in his past.

Writer / Director – Robert Connolly

Robert Connolly graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 1995 and also has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film from the University of New South Wales.

His most recent short film RUST BUCKET screened at the Telluride Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and won Second Place and Best Actor at Sydney's Tropicana Film Festival, judged by George Miller and Gillian Armstrong.

While a student at AFTRS, he directed three short films WITCH, TUNNEL VISION and MR IKEGAMI'S FLIGHT.

His graduation film MR IKEGAMI'S FLIGHT was Highly Commended at the Sydney Film Festival's Dendy Awards, as well as screening at the festival. Other awards include a Golden Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, and Best Film, Best Actor, Best Editor and Best Cinematographer at the Brisbane Exposure Film Festival.

MR IKEGAMI'S FLIGHT has screened at over a dozen international festivals including Sydney, Brisbane, Valencia, Chicago, Karlovary, Britain, Dublin, Bombay, Philadelphia and was screened in a special retrospective of Australian Cinema at Cannes.

Robert also directed THE BATTLEFIELD FOR KURUKSETRA for ABC Television's CLOSE UPS, a series of monologues using well known Australian actors.

Prior to moving into film, Robert was the Artistic Director of the Sydney based theatre company Missing Link Productions, directing productions that include Alex Buzo’s ROOTED, MENAGE A TROIS: AN EVENING WITH JOE ORTON and Dennis Watkins’ PEARLS BEFORE SWINE.

Robert currently works as a partner in ARENAFILM PTY LTD, best known for Jane Campion's SWEETIE and Vincent Ward's THE NAVIGATOR. Together with Arenafilm partner John Maynard, Robert recently produced the feature films
THE BOYS starring Toni Collette and David Wenham and THE MONKEY’S MASK starring Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis.

In Australia Robert is represented by Robyn Gardiner Management (RGM).

Producer - John Maynard

John Maynard is regarded as a producer with an instinct for talent and original projects, and has a proven track record both creatively and financially.

He has worked as a producer for over 20 years. Maynard’s support and encouragement for new talent has introduced to world cinema directors such as Vincent Ward and Jane Campion, and resulted in three consecutive films In Competition, Cannes: Ward’s first and second films VIGIL (1984) and THE NAVIGATOR (1988), immediately followed by Jane Campion’s first feature, SWEETIE (1989).

In 1989, together with partner Bridget Ikin, Maynard co-produced Jane Campion’s
AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, winner of the “Silver Lion” at the 1990 Venice Film Festival. In 1994 John teamed up with SWEETIE co-writer Gerard Lee, to produce
Gerard’s directorial debut ALL MEN ARE LIARS in 1994 (Director: Gerard Lee).

In 1997 John and Arenafilm partner Robert Connolly produced THE BOYS (Director: Rowan Woods), which debuted In Competition, Berlin 1998.

John and Robert Connolly have just completed their latest production, Samantha Lang’s THE MONKEY’S MASK, starring Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis.

THE BANK reunites the creative team behind THE BOYS: lead actor David Wenham, cinematographer Tristan Milani, editor Nick Meyers, with Arenafilm partner Robert Connolly directing.

The Bank - The Synopsis

THE BANK is a thriller about banking, corruption and alchemy.

Jim Doyle is a genius working in the far reaches of mathematical theory, searching for a formula that can predict future stock market crashes. The potential in Jim's software fires the imagination and greed of Simon O'Reilly, the CEO of Centabank. O'Reilly's freewheeling management style and negative performance are under attack by his Board. He's looking for the magic bullet to save his skin. O'Reilly lures Jim to work for Centabank. With endless money and resources to play with, Jim perfects his theory. O'Reilly and the Bank's Board of Directors fall under the spell of his system and the wealth it could bring.

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