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

REMEMBER THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL?

(2004, 75 mins, Amnesty International/BBC, Directed by Margaret Kinmonth)

This entertaining documentary was commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "The Secret Policeman's Ball". Stuffed with a "That's Entertainment" style array of performances from the original shows, the film is a virtual "Best of The Balls". Providing history and context, the film presents recollections of many of the key participants including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Jennifer Saunders, Sting and Bob Geldof. The film delves into the archives of the earliest shows and confronts some of the performers with their younger selves with some memorable results. The film also looks at how the Amnesty shows reflected the evolution of British comedy from the mid-1970s to the present day. The film also traces how the introduction of rock music into the original format of comedy galvanized a generation of musicians into becoming social activists and led directly to Live Aid. As Sting describes it: "The seed was planted at Amnesty for Bob Geldof. He saw what they were doing. He saw how entertainment could help that process and then he took the "Ball" and ran with it. Further than anybody could possibly imagine..." This will be the US Premiere of the film in any media and its World Theatrical Premiere.


Today's Stars!

Comedic Performers:
Rowan AtkinsonAlan BennettConnie BoothEleanor BronTim Brooke-TaylorGraham ChapmanJohn CleeseCarol ClevelandRobbie ColtraneBilly ConnollyPeter CookDame EdnaDawn FrenchStephen FryGraeme GardenTerry GilliamThe GoodiesLenny HenryNeil InnesTerry JonesHugh LaurieJonathan MillerDudley MooreBill OddieMichael PalinMonty PythonGriff Rhys JonesJennifer SaundersAlexei Sayle

Rock Musicians:
Jeff BeckEric ClaptonPhil CollinsBob GeldofThe Secret PoliceStingPete Townshend



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