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Thursday June 11, 2009 - 9:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Opening Night Extravaganza!
Three World Premieres in one night!
Series star Neil Innes and series co-creator/co-producer Martin Lewis in-person

REMEMBER THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL? (2004, 75 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN ROCKS! (2009, 60 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

The Opening Night of the festival features no less than three premieres and an in-person appearance by Neil Innes (Monty Python and The Rutles) to share his memories of appearing in three of the first four Amnesty shows. There will be the World Theatrical Premiere of a superb documentary about the "Secret Policeman's Ball" series - crammed full of vintage clips and contemporary recollections by the stars. This will be followed by the World Premiere of a new special celebrating 30 years of rock performances for Amnesty. And finally the World Premiere of some wacky outtakes and rarities from the Secret Policeman's vaults. Given the wealth of Monty Python fans and Amnesty supporters in the entertainment community - the opening night audience is likely to be rather star-studded...

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Pete Townshend - the first rock star to perform for Amnesty


Friday June 12, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Before The Balls!
Double-bill of the first two shows before they had the "Ball" title
Two US Premieres!
Series star Neil Innes and co-creator/co-producer Martin Lewis in-person

PLEASURE AT HER MAJESTY'S (1976, 101 min)
THE MERMAID FROLICS (1977, 52 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

The "Secret Policeman's Ball" title was first used for the 1979 Amnesty show - but the seeds of the series were planted in 1976 and 1977 with these two pioneering shows organized by John Cleese. These shows subsequently became regarded as part of the "Secret Policeman's" canon. "Pleasure At Her Majesty's" is the film of the 1976 show "A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)" which was to British comedy what George Harrison's 1971 "Concert For Bangladesh" was to rock music. A gathering of the British comedic tribes. Never before screened uncut in the US. Includes the only-known documentary footage of the Monty Python troupe rehearsing. "The Mermaid Frolics" stage-directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones has never been seen in the US in any form. Never on TV, VHS or DVD. This double-bill of rarities is a delight for fans of Monty Python, Beyond The Fringe and British comedy. Followed by a quickie nightcap of outtake treasures from the vaults. Expect to see familiar faces among the many aficionados of British comedy in the audience...

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Michael Palin, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese
and Terry Jones are Four Yorkshiremen


Saturday June 13, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

The First Pair of Balls!
Double-bill of the iconic first two "Balls" – never released theatrically in the US
Series co-creator/co-producer Martin Lewis in-person

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL (1979, 91 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S OTHER BALL (ORIGINAL UK VERSION) (1981, 99 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

This double-bill presents the uncut British theatrical versions of the films of the iconic two shows that put the "Secret Policeman's Ball" name on the map. These films were enormous successes in the UK - presenting what was an exhilarating new elixir for audiences. A unique blend of the finest in contemporary British comedy (members of Monty Python. Rowan Atkinson, Billy Connolly, Peter Cook et al) and contemporary British rock (Pete Townshend, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof). These two UK films each had a single screening in the US (at L.A.'s Filmex Festival) in 1981 and 1982 - and then were snapped up by fledgling film distributor Miramax Films and distilled into a single hybrid film that became Miramax's first hit in the summer of 1982. (Incidentally - we will be screening that now long-unavailable US hybrid film on Thursday June 18.) These uncut versions of the UK theatrical releases collectively contain over 30 minutes of material not available on DVD versions.

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Sunday June 14, 2009 - 12:00 noon
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

All-Day Rock For Amnesty!
Marathon screening of Amnesty's first music-only event – not seen in any form in over 20 years!
Amnesty's legendary 1986 all-day concert shown in 'real time' - on its exact anniversary!
Never on VHS – Never on DVD!

A CONSPIRACY OF HOPE (1986, 660 min)

A very special treat for rock music fans - and an opportunity to experience an iconic 1980s rock event again - in real time. Inspired by the success of the "Secret Policeman's Ball" shows, in June 1986 the US section of Amnesty organized a tour to spread the human rights message. Starring U2, The Police (specially reformed after a 4-year hiatus), Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne and Lou Reed. The tour finale was an all-day Sunday concert at Giants Stadium televised as a Live Aid-style special. The headliners were joined by a slew of top artists including Bryan Adams, Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Joan Armatrading, Bob Geldof, Joan Baez, Steven Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell. This 11-hour spectacular only ever aired live - and was never repeated. And has never been released on VHS or DVD. We are showing it on its exact 23rd anniversary. Same day of the week. Exact same time-frame: 12-noon till 11pm. With food and drink available nearby to help sustain you through the experience. There will also be a special half-day ticket (subject to availability on the night) for those who want to arrive later. Click here to see the full schedule detailing the timetable for all the artists.

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Bob Geldof performs for Amnesty at his
first-ever charity show. It wasn't his last...


Thursday June 18, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

A Rare American Pair!
Double-bill of the ultra-rare US versions of the Balls - not seen in 25 years!
Series co-creator/co-producer Martin Lewis in-person

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S OTHER BALL (USA VERSION) (1982, 99 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S PRIVATE PARTS (1983, 78 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

This double-bill is a virtual "best-of" the seminal Amnesty shows - stuffed with Python comedy routines and rare musical treasures - all viewed through a distinctive American lens. The US version of "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" was a specially-created distillation of the 1979 and 1981 films replete with Don Pardo narrated prologue. Fueled by a media firestorm sparked by the film's advertising campaign (which spoofed the self-styled "Moral Majority") this film became Miramax's first hit movie. "The Secret Policeman's Private Parts" was a 1983 US-only sequel combining stellar footage from first four shows and outtakes (including unseen Python and Pete Townshend material). These two unique hybrids were briefly available on VHS in the mid-1980s and then permanently deleted. Never been reissued on DVD. The VHS tapes are both high-priced rare items on eBay.

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Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones & Michael Palin
and the art of the Custard Pie


Friday June 19, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

The Second Pair of Balls!
Two US Premieres!
Double-bill of the two Balls that showcased the new wave of British comedy
Series co-creator Martin Lewis in-person

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S THIRD BALL (1987, 89 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BIGGEST BALL (1989, 94 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

After a 6-year hiatus, the "Secret Policeman's Ball" series roared back with a vengeance in the late 1980s. A new generation of British humorists - dubbed "alternative comedians" - emerged to take over the mantle of the Pythons. The 1987 show introduced many of these - including Hugh Laurie ("House M.D."), Stephen Fry ("Blackadder"), Robbie Coltrane ("Nuns On The Run"), Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders ("Absolutely Fabulous") and the Spitting Image puppets. John Cleese was on hand to assist in the changeover - and was ritually humiliated by Fry & Laurie! There was also a stellar musical lineup including Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Duran Duran and US guests Jackson Browne and Lou Reed. The 1989 show mixed Brit-com's (by-then) old guard: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore (in their last appearance together) - and new wave including Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Adrian Edmondson ("The Young Ones"). Reflecting the cross-generational spirit - the show was directed by Cleese and AbFab's Jennifer Saunders.

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Saturday June 20, 2009 - 5:00 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Tea-Time Rock For Amnesty!
Double-bill of two rare & distinctive music films for Amnesty
Two Rockin’ Premieres!
"Secret Policeman" co-creator/co-producer Martin Lewis in-person

FROM CHILE... AN EMBRACE OF HOPE (1990, 68 min)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN ROCKS! (2009, 60 min)

This double-bill presents two rarities for rock fans. "Embrace Of Hope" is a stunning concert film shot in Chile and never seen in the US and never on video or DVD. It stars Sting, Peter Gabriel (who perform solo and together), Jackson Browne, Sinead O'Connor, Wynton Marsalis and many others. The concert celebrated the end of the Pinochet dictatorship - and the exhilaration of the audience as their freedom is saluted by the musicians underscores the value of Amnesty's concerts. The 30th anniversary of rock for Amnesty is exalted in the brand-new "Secret Policeman's Rocks!" film which weaves historic performances by Pete Townshend, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Dave Stewart, Kate Bush, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof et al into a seamless show. Not on DVD.

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Sting - one of the pioneer "Musicians for Amnesty"


Saturday June 20, 2009 - 8:00 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Saturday Night’s Alright For Rocking!
World Theatrical Premiere!
Film of Amnesty's legendary world tour - completely unseen since 1988
Introduced by Martin Lewis - who co-conceived the "Human Rights Now" tour with Amnesty Executive Director Jack Healey

HUMAN RIGHTS NOW! (1988, 180 min)

In 1988, following the success of its 1986 US tour, Amnesty commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a breath-taking 6-week world tour visiting all 5 continents.. Amnesty stalwarts Sting and Peter Gabriel were joined by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Youssou N'Dour and Tracy Chapman for the 20-concert tour. Guests along the way included Bono, k.d. lang, Joan Baez. This exhilarating film presents the grand finale concert in Argentina augmented by highlights from the preceding 6 weeks of performances and campaigning about human rights throughout the world. Shown just twice on HBO and then never shown again. Never on VHS or DVD.

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Sunday June 21, 2009 - 7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

World Theatrical Premiere!
Rockez votre Sunday night en Paris pour Amnesty!
TV special of Amnesty's famous 1998 concert in Paris
Film producer Antony Payne and concert stage manager Jeaninne Payne in-person

THE PARIS CONCERT FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (1998, 180 min)

Amnesty celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a concert in Paris - the city where the historic document was signed. Amnesty stalwarts Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour were joined by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Radiohead, Alanis Morisette, Shania Twain for this 3-hour extravaganza - which includes several musical collaborations between the participants. Special moments include a touching appearance by the Dalai Lama.

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Wednesday June 24, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S PRIVATE PARTY! (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (2009, 60 min)

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Wednesday June 24, 2009 - 3:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN ROCKS! (2009, 60 min)

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Thursday June 25, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE BIG THREE-O (1991, 98 min)

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Thursday June 25, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, LIVE! (2001, 97 min)

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Friday June 26, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S PRIVATE PARTY (1984, 60 min)

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Friday June 26, 2009 - 2:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL 2006 (2006, 117 min)

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Saturday June 27, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

TRIUMPH OF THE BALL (2009, 30 min)

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Saturday June 27, 2009 - 2:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL 2008 (2008, 120 min)

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Sunday June 28, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S ROCK CONCERT (1984, 60 min)

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Sunday June 28, 2009 - 2:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S THIRD BALL: THE MUSIC (1987, 60 min)

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Sunday June 28, 2009 - 4:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THINK ABOUT TOMORROW (1991, 25 min)

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL 2006 (2006, 117 min)

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL 2008 (2008, 120 min)

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Thursday July 2, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

REMEMBER THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL? (2004, 75 min)

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Thursday July 2, 2009 - 2:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RETRO BALL! (1992, 40 min)

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Thursday July 2, 2009 - 3:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THINK ABOUT TOMORROW (1991, 25 min)

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Friday July 3, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

HUMAN RIGHTS NOW! (1988, 180 min)

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Sunday July 5, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S OTHER BALL (USA VERSION) (1982, 99 min)

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Sunday July 5, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S PRIVATE PARTS (1983, 78 min)

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Wednesday July 8, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S ROCK CONCERT (1984, 60 min)

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Wednesday July 8, 2009 - 2:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S THIRD BALL: THE MUSIC (1987, 60 min)

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Thursday July 9, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN ROCKS! (2009, 60 min)

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Thursday July 9, 2009 - 3:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

FROM CHILE... AN EMBRACE OF HOPE (1990, 68 min)

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Friday July 10, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE PARIS CONCERT FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (1998, 180 min)

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Saturday July 11, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

PLEASURE AT HER MAJESTY'S (1976, 101 min)

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Saturday July 11, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE MERMAID FROLICS (1977, 52 min)

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Saturday July 11, 2009 - 4:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

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Sunday July 12, 2009 - 12:30 noon
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL (1979, 91 min)

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Sunday July 12, 2009 - 2:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S OTHER BALL (ORIGINAL UK VERSION) (1981, 99 min)

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Sunday July 12, 2009 - 4:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RARE NUGGETS! (2009, 15 min)

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S THIRD BALL (1987, 89 min)

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BIGGEST BALL (1989, 94 min)

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Thursday July 16, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE BIG THREE-O (1991, 98 min)

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Thursday July 16, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, LIVE! (2001, 97 min)

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Friday July 17, 2009 - 12:30 noon
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL 2006 (2006, 117 min)

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Friday July 17, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL 2008 (2008, 120 min)

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Saturday July 18, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

REMEMBER THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL? (2004, 75 min)

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Saturday July 18, 2009 - 2:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S RETRO BALL! (1992, 40 min)

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Saturday July 18, 2009 - 3:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

SKY AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY (1981, 85 min)

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Sunday July 19, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S PRIVATE PARTY! (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (2009, 60 min)

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Sunday July 19, 2009 - 3:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

THE SECRET POLICEMAN ROCKS! (2009, 60 min)

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Sunday July 19, 2009 - 4:30 pm
The Paley Center, Beverly Hills

TRIUMPH OF THE BALL (2009, 30 min)

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