Post-Watergate drama

2009-02-06 00:00

OPENING in Pietermaritzburg’s CineCentre this weekend, is the Oscar-nominated drama, Frost/Nixon, which takes a look at the events surrounding a series of television interviews between disgraced former United States president Richard Nixon and British talk-show host Sir David Frost.

The interviews, which were broadcast in the summer of 1977, attracted the largest audience for a news programme in the history of TV in the U.S. More than 45 million viewers — hungry for a glimpse into the mind of their disgraced former commander-in-chief and anxious for him to acknowledge the abuses of power that led to his resignation — sat transfixed as Nixon and Frost sparred in a verbal boxing match over the course of four evenings.

Directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and Apollo 13), the film brings to the screen playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan’s (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland) stage play.

Playing the roles of Nixon and Frost are Frank Langella (Good Night, and Good Luck), who is nominated for a best actor Oscar, and Michael Sheen, who played former British prime minister, Tony Blair, in The Queen.

Also new at CineCentre is Rolemodels, in which Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star as Danny and Wheeler, two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fuelled bender.

They’re arrested and end up in court where they’re given the choice to either do hard time or spend 150 hours in a mentorship programme. They choose the latter, but after just one day with the children, they are wondering whether jail wouldn’t have been a better option.

Joining the line-up at NuMetro this weekend is Killshot, John Madden’s film starring Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke, which tells the story of a couple who are placed in the witness-protection programme after witnessing an extortion scheme go wrong. Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced, intimidating hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer.

Killshot can also be seen at SterKinekor where Jim Carrey’s Yes Man joins the line-up.

— Arts Editor.

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