One of the foremost American directors working today, John Sayles self-financed his first film, Return Of The Secaucus Seven (1979), a bittersweet look at a reunion of 60s political activists. With a production budget of only $40,000, the film gained a national theatrical release, and is seen as precipitating the first post-Cassavetes wave of American independent filmmaking. Sayles` keen interest in storytelling and strong political sense quickly established him as a key figure in independent cinema. His follow-up, Lianna (1982) was one of the first American movies to deal with a lesbian relationship in a non-exploitive manner, and set the template for Sayles` crafting of strong female roles and protagonists largely ignored by the mainstream. Following a testing studio experience, Sayles returned to independent productions with the African-American sci-fi allegory The Brother From Another Planet (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget, the film featured Joe Morton as a black extra-terrestrial who crashes to earth in Harlem.
Release Date: 26 February 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 322 minutes
Main Language: English