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Masterfully Harrowing Psychodrama
by Isaac Feldberg | Roger Ebert.com | August 18, 2022
Across a body of work both compassionate and uncompromising, the filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan has maintained a distinctive physical proximity to the emotionally isolated characters he depicts living in society’s margins.
“Clean, Shaven,” his 1993 debut, worked rigorously to approximate the inner reality of a paranoid schizophrenic, conveying his visual and auditory hallucinations in all their abrasive force and abstraction. 1998’s “Claire Dolan,” meanwhile, applied a chillier, more disassociated kind of gaze to its study of an upscale New York sex worker, observing appointments through the windows of looming glass high-rises as if peering inside a fishbowl.
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Magnetism of Damian Lewis
by Ethan Vestby | The Film Stage | August 18, 2022
Often a re-release is granted to some long-cherished classic or cult sensation. In the case of Lodge Kerrigan’s Keane, which played the festival circuit through 2004 and received a small theatrical run in 2005, a much-underseen film has been given another chance to find the audience it’s long deserved with a brand new 4K restoration courtesy Grasshopper Film.
The titular Keane (played impressively by Damian Lewis pre-Homeland and Billions) a mid-30s man suffering from schizophrenia and on a fruitless quest to find his lost daughter through the purgatory of New York City. Coming across Lynn (Amy Ryan) and her young daughter Kira (Abigail Breslin) living in precarity in the same motel, and soon finding himself taking care of the young girl while her mother tends to waiting tables. Keane begins to see her as potentially his lost daughter, which leads him down a dark path of recreating and revisiting his past.
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Mesmerized by the Performances
by Patrick Preziosi | Slant Magazine | August 15, 2022
As American indie cinema continues to make startlingly popular in-roads into extremely suffocating subjectivity—as evinced by the success of the Safdies’ Good Time and Uncut Gems, as well as the critical attention paid toward Eliza Hittman—it’s important to uphold the foundational impact of Lodge Kerrigan’s four films. The last decade and change has seen the director lending his talents to television, most notably The Girlfriend Experience, and, now, ahead of the release of the 4K restoration of his 2004 film Keane, it’s as good a time as any to reacquaint oneself with the singular potency of Kerrigan’s artistry.
Even after the visceral puzzlebox journey of 1993’s Clean, Shaven and the unnerving stateliness of 1998’s Claire Dolan, Keane still has a sideswiping power, which proved Kerrigan not to be some nominal provocateur, but a true disciple of some of the most penetrating of American directors of the back half of the 20th century, from Frederick Wiseman to John Cassavetes. As the eponymous William Keane, Damian Lewis ably registers both insurmountable grief and a more subtle mental imbalance: Perpetually searching for his missing daughter in and around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where she was abducted some months earlier, Keane is a man reasonably drowning in obsession and paranoia, compounding his personal, stalled-out investigation with drugs and alcohol.
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Back Pocket Films
by David Metzger and Devon Ewalt | Back Pocket Films | July 16, 2022
Back Pocket Films podcast discusses the films you may not know exists but would be happy to watch on your next movie night. Devon reaches into his back pocket to pull out a relatively unknown and incredible film experience by writer/director Lodge Kerrigan with a jaw-dropping performance by Damian Lewis. Join David and Devon as they discuss this unbelievable film on Spotify here.
Keane with Damian Lewis will be released for viewing at ‘Film at Lincoln Center’ in New York beginning August 19, 2022. As we reported earlier, Lodge Kerrigan’s 2004 movie would be getting a 4K restoration with a U.S. theatrical release, as it received a limited theatrical release in New York back in 2005. The movie was previously a New York Film Festival 42 selection. Damian will attend an in-person Q&A on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be moderated by Christopher Abbott. For ticket information visit their website here.
Grasshopper Film snapped up distribution rights to the critically acclaimed pic, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Andrew Fierberg. Keane — in 4K — will premiere in cinemas in 2022, followed by releases on VOD, TV and home video.
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Keane is Back
by Manori Ravindran | Variety | December 14, 2021
UPDATE 08/13/22 – Damian will attend an in-person Q&A on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at Film Lincoln Center in New York and the event will be moderated by Christopher Abbott. For ticket information visit their website here.
“The Girlfriend Experience” director Lodge Kerrigan’s 2004 movie “Keane,” starring Damian Lewis and Abigail Breslin, is getting a 4K restoration and a U.S. theatrical release.
Grasshopper Film snapped up distribution rights to the critically acclaimed pic, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Andrew Fierberg. “Keane” — in 4K — will premiere in cinemas in early 2022, followed by releases on VOD, TV and home video. (The movie received a limited theatrical release in New York back in 2005.)
“Keane” turns on William Keane (Lewis) who is struggling to cope six months after his six-year-old daughter was abducted from New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal while traveling with him. Repeatedly drawn to the site of the abduction, Keane wanders the bus station, compulsively replaying the events of that fateful day as if hoping to change the outcome. When one day he meets a financially strapped woman, Lynn Bedik (Amy Ryan), and her seven-year-old daughter, Kira (Abigail Breslin), at a transient hotel, Keane becomes increasingly attached to Kira and uses her to fill the void left by his own daughter’s disappearance.
“Masterfully written and directed, with incredibly committed performances from Damian Lewis, Amy Ryan and Abigail Breslin, Lodge Kerrigan’s third feature feels as urgent and vital today as it’s ever been,” said Grasshopper Film CEO Ryan Krivoshey. “We are thrilled to be working with Lodge on the re-release of ‘Keane’ and can’t wait for audiences to see this beautiful new restoration in theaters.”
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Damian Discusses His Most Pivotal Roles
by Emily Zemler | LA Times | March 23, 2018
Source: LA Times – Photo by Genaro Molina
“I am interested in the imperfections in people,” Damian Lewis says. “I’m interested in the contradictions and in the moral struggle that often exists in all of us.”
This sensibility threads through many of the actor’s film and television characters, particularly his current role as shrewd hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod on “Billions.” The Showtime series returns for its third season tonight, bringing us even closer to understanding what exactly makes Bobby tick.
“He’s a fiercely loyal man,” Lewis says about Bobby. “He’s ruthless. He’s extremely competitive. For him, the game is everything. The playing of the game is the thing — and it is a game, so winning the game is paramount. He enjoys it.”
The role is a big shift for Lewis, 47, who got his start on British television before coming to the attention of American audiences in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Although Lewis has since had several career-defining roles, particularly as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland,” that project lingers as one of his most important projects.
“Some jobs are just gigs, but some jobs have the ability to be life-changing,” he notes. “They just alter you in some small way. ‘Band of Brothers’ was definitely one of those.”
Here Lewis discusses several of his most pivotal roles:
Bobby Axelrod, “Billions” (2016-2018)
“What attracted me to Bobby Axelrod was to get to play a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants and see where that takes him personally. To find out, during the course of the show, how corrupting that is on a man who is prepared to cross one line after another. What does it do to one’s soul? I saw that as potentially where it was going. And it’s enormous fun. He’s a form of gangster and it’s fun playing that kind of guy.”
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Ambassador for Prince’s Trust Influenced by Keane Role
by Fred Attewill | Metro | March 25, 2013
Homeland star Damian Lewis’s role as a homeless man moved him to become an ambassador for a charity helping disadvantaged young people.
The 42-year-old star became involved with the Prince’s Trust after research for his 2004 film Keane, in which he played a man who suffered a nervous breakdown, showed him how easy it was for a comfortable lifestyle to fall apart.
Lewis said: ‘It’s alarming how few steps I trod in the film from a successful life to a breakdown into homelessness – and many kids are closer than adults to this because they don’t have support networks.
Damian Lewis is making me a cup of tea. Dressed in Ugg boots, a checked shirt and a stylish knit cardigan, he’s every inch the metrosexual, cool guy about town: down with the kids in more ways than one, he has to head off after the interview to read his children a bedtime story.
Lee Paris’s review of Keane includes these comments:
Damian Lewis is frighteningly convincing and within the first few moments of watching his pained yet incredibly handsome face I was mesmerized. I felt that I was a fly on the wall of his brain – his poor, tortured, sick brain. It didn’t take long to realize that he was suffering from schizophrenia… It is obvious that director Lodge Kerrigan has intimate knowledge regarding schizophrenia (check out his earlier film ‘Clean,Shaven’) and it was refreshing to see the subject portrayed an a non-stereotyped manner. How rare to see it played out from the body of a very together looking, well dressed, well spoken, handsome human. The lack of soundtrack was perfect to add to the brutal reality of the inner workings of the character…
The Unite By Cycling site is featuring a photo of celebrity ambassador Damian Lewis and information about his participation in the September 19th Tour of Britain cycling event to benefit the Prostate Cancer Charity:
Actor Damian Lewis, who cycles regularly, both at home in London and LA, and when he is filming, said: “I live in North London and I can get to Soho on bike routes in 15 minutes and I love it. We should have more cycle routes. It’s a fantastic way to get about.
“We also ride a lot together as a family. I love having my son and my daughter on the back of my bike. It’s a great way of taking your kids around. Its gets them out of the buggy – and it’s a real treat for them…
…I feel passionate about supporting The Prostate Cancer Charity in improving the lives of the 35,000 men, and their families, who are affected by the disease every year.
The event will be televised on ITV4; click here for more information.
Thanks to Linda and Jill for this Helen McCrory interview from Source Magazine. In the article Helen talks about her dream of visiting Cuba with her husband Damian Lewis, the homes of their families in Wales, and a favorite childhood memory.
When a wrongfully imprisoned policeman finally gets out of jail, he’s a changed man. Though few on the force trust him, he returns to work solving gruesome murders, but now with a Zen-like appreciation for life. Damian Lewis is enjoyably off-the-wall as the star of this unique cop show on NBC. Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Sarah Shahi co-stars as his serious-minded partner, and Donal Logue joins the cast for the 2008-09 season. 21 episodes, 15 hours. DVD extras: deleted scenes, a gag reel and audio commentaries. From Universal. nbc.com.
Keane starring Damian Lewis will air on Sky Arts 1 in the UK on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 6:30pm.
Click here for Jeff Hall’s review of the soundtrack for The Escapist. The film’s music was created by Benjamin Wallfisch and can now be purchased as an online download. The CD has been delayed but it is currently available for pre-order with a May 19th release date.
In the US The Escapist is also available as an “on demand” pay-per-view movie under IFC In Theaters.
Click here for a review of the The Escapist from Portland and click here for a review from New Zealand.
Click here for the TV Guide listing for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb episode titled “Elementary, My Dear Stacy” that will air on Friday, May 15th at 8:30pm ET (following “Day of the Living Gelatin!”) Damian Lewis makes a guest voice appearance in “Elementary, My Dear Stacy” as Secret Agent Double 0 0!
Reminder! Keane starring Damian Lewis will air in the US on the Sundance Channel on May 12th at 1pm with repeats on May 20th and 30th.
Thanks to Ryanne for the news that The History Channel will run a Band of Brothers marathon on May 23 and 24.