The Public

Directed by Emilio Estevez
2018
USA
119 minutes
All Ages
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Emilio Estevez directs and acts alongside Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater and Michael K. Williams in this heart-warming film about homeless people who occupy a library to escape freezing conditions.

Estevez plays Stuart, a sympathetic librarian who each day deals with the large group of destitute people who come to the library to access the internet, apply for jobs and, crucially, stay out of the vicious Cincinnati cold. When the group, led by Jackson (Michael K. Williams, The Wire's Omar), insist that they will stay beyond closing time on a particularly icy night, Stuart agrees that it is an emergency and allows it. Soon, cops and ambitious politicians get involved and plan a raid to evict the occupiers. Inspired by the notion that libraries have become far more than places to borrow books, Estevez (Bobby, The Way) has crafted a humane, funny and moving film about people choosing kindness over apathy.

[An] uplifting dramedy redolent of Frank Capra and William Saroyan.
Dennis Harvey, Variety

Tickets

Sat 8 June
6:45pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 June
4:20pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
Fri 14 June
6:30pm
The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Features
Year
2018
Classification
All Ages
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Emilio Estevez
Producer
Emilio Estevez, Alex Lebovici, Lisa Niedenthal, Steve Ponce
Cast
Christian Slater, Emilio Estevez, Taylor Schilling
Screenwriter
Emilio Estevez
Cinematographer
Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Editor
Richard Chew, Yang Hua Hu
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Seniors, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Biography, Comedy
Company Credits
Distributor: Rialto Distribution
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