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NZ Movie Premiere - Jane Campion's In The Cut

PRESS RELEASE Date Thursday 26 February 2004

New Zealand Movie Premiere


SKYCITY Theatre will host the red-carpet New Zealand premiere of IN THE CUT on Monday, March 8.

The film is a hotly anticipated psychological thriller directed by New Zealand’s own Oscar-nominee JANE CAMPION (The Piano, Portrait of A Lady) based on the best-selling novel by
Susanna Moore. Nicole Kidman, who was originally slated to star in the film, purchased the rights for the production specifically for Campion to direct. Campion will be joined by a host of friends and local celebrities at the premiere event.

Starring Meg Ryan in what is said to be the bravest performance of her career, the film centres around a lonely New York teacher who witnesses the prelude to a brutal homicide. She discovers the darker side of passion when she is attracted to a rugged detective investigating the case (played by Mark Ruffalo). The characters are drawn together in a risky erotic liaison fraught with danger and uncertainty on New York City’s sultry back streets. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin Bacon. Cinematography is by Australian, Dion Beebe, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for his work on Chicago.

Following premieres in Los Angeles, New York and Sydney, Campion is looking forward to sharing the film with its first New Zealand audience on Monday 08 March 2004 at SKYCITY Theatre.

“I saw IN THE CUT as a modern love story that is also a mystery. It explores the contemporary mythology of love, sex and the effort at union with another person amidst all the chaos and energy of the modern city…” said Campion.

Jane Campion and select guests will attend a VIP pre-movie cocktail party at SKYCITY’s Bar3 from 6:45pm on Monday 8 March. The movie will commence at 8pm in SKYCITY Theatre.

IN THE CUT releases nationally in theatres on Thursday March 11th.

“…gripping and sexy…matches its thematic boldness with visual panache.”

“…a thrilling return to form, Campion’s best film since The Piano.”

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