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FOREST WHITAKER (Captain Ramey) is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors/directors/producers who has showcased his talents in a multitude of demanding and diverse roles. This year he will be starring in and producing several highly anticipated films. He recently completed work on “Fourth Angel,” an action thriller set in London, opposite Jeremy Irons, which will premiere on Showtime in early 2003. This fall he will return to directing when he begins production on the film “Selling Time” for Twentieth Century Fox.

He most recently starred in, and executive produced “Green Dragon,” the first feature film production of his multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment. Prior to that, Whitaker starred in director David Fincher’s “The Panic Room” for Columbia Pictures opposite Jodie Foster and Dwight Yoakam. Whitaker’s short film, “John Henry,” was release this past February for Black History Month in connection with Disney’s release of Peter Pan’s “Never Neverland.” He also produced “Door to Door” starring Bill Macy for TNT under the Spirit Dance Banner. In 2000, Whitaker played the title role of a spiritual gangster in “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film premiered at the 1999 Cannes Festival and screened at The 1999 Toronto Film Festival to critical acclaim. “Ghost Dog” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature.

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In 1988, Whitaker was named Best Actor at The Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s “Bird,” a role for which he also received a Golden-Globe nomination. Whitaker earned widespread recognition for his performance as ‘Judy,’ the hostage British soldier in Neil Jordan’s Academy-Award winning film “The Crying Game.” On television, Whitaker garnered a CableAce Award nomination for his performance in the Showtime original film “Last Light,” directed by Kiefer Sutherland. He also starred in the HB0 presentation “Criminal Justice,” for which he earned a CableAce Award nomination, and “The Enemy Within,” for which Whitaker received a Screen Actor’s Guild nomination. Whitaker also executive produced Anne Rice’s “Feast of All Saints” for Showtime. His other credits include “Witness Protection” for HBO, “Light It Up,” “Phenomenon,” opposite John Travolta, “Species,” “Smoke,” Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear, “Jason’s Lyric,” “Platoon,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Consenting Adults,” “Stakeout,” “The Color of Money,” “Johnny Handsome,” “Downtown,” “Diary of a Hit Man,” “Body Snatchers,” “Vision Quest” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Whitaker made his feature film directing debut with the critically acclaimed, box-office hit “Waiting to Exhale” for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine. He first gained recognition as a director for his debut film, the 1993 HBO original “Strapped,” for which he received “Best New Director” honors at the Toronto Film Festival. His last film was the Twentieth Century Fox film “Hope Floats,” starring Sandra Bullock.

Whitaker’s multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, includes film, television and music production. Spirit Dance Entertainment is both US based and UK based. Spirit Dance in London, SD4UK, works with FilmFour mentoring black and Asian filmmakers. Whitaker will direct and produce feature films under the company’s first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox. They also have a first look deal with HBO for television films. Whitaker works closely with a number of charitable organizations. He serves as an Honorary Board Member for Penny Lane, an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers. He is also involved with 4-D All-Stars, a motivational mentor program for teenagers as well as The Watts Cinema Project.

KATIE HOLMES ( Pamela McFadden) was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She began acting in high school theater productions but didn't believe she had a chance at a professional acting career living in the Midwest. Fate intervened, and while attending a national modeling and talent convention in New York City, she met a manager who encouraged her to come to Los Angeles for television's pilot season. Holmes landed the part of "Joey" on the current WB hit "Dawson's Creek.” Co- starring with James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams, the show gained much attention in its first season and was the highest rated show on the network. Shot on location in Wilmington, North Carolina, the show just began production on its fifth season.

Holmes recently wrapped production for the independent film “Pieces of April” starring opposite Sean Patrick Thomas, and on the film “Singing Detectives” opposite Mel Gibson and Ronert Downey Jr. She was recently seen in Sam Raimi’s “The Gift” opposite Cate Blanchet, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear and Hillary Swank, and in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys” opposite Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire. Holmes’ other feature films include Ang Lee's “The Ice Storm,” Doug Liman's “Go,” Kevin Williamson's “Teaching Miss Tingle” and the thriller “Disturbing Behavior.” Holmes will next be seen in the thriller “Abandon” in which she stars opposite Benjamin Bratt.

RADHA MITCHELL ( Kelly Shepard) is best known for her performances in "Pitch Black," "High Art," "Love & Other Catastrophes" as well as the Independent Spirit Award-winning film "Everything Put Together." Mitchell is currently filming Miramax's "Neverland," directed by Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball"), in which she plays Johnny Depp's wife. The film is the true story of author James M. Barrie's creation of "Peter Pan." FilmColony and Key Light Entertainment will produce. Mitchell recently completed production in Australia on director Richard Franklin's ("Brilliant Lies") "Visitors." In that film, Mitchell stars as Georgia Perry, the first woman to sail around the world by herself and due to her solitude, slowly lost her mind and believed she encountered "visitors" during her voyage. The film is being made by Bayside Pictures.

Her additional upcoming films include: Screen Gems' "Shearer's Breakfast" with Barry Watson, Josh Lukas and Kevin Anderson; the independent feature "I Fought the Law" opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Anthony LaPaglia; and "Nobody's Baby" with Gary Oldman and Skeet Ulrich, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Last year, Mitchell had a starring role alongside Hank Azaria, Leelee Sobieski and Donald Sutherland in director Jon Avnet's four-hour miniseries about Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto, "Uprising.” Mitchell starred in the box-office hit "Pitch Black,” opposite Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser. Her performance in "Everything Put Together," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000, garnered her rave reviews. The film, which, Mitchell also produced along with Sean Furst for director Marc Forster, was nominated for a 2001 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Under $500,000. Mitchell gave a memorable performance as Syd, the young editorial assistant who falls in love with Ally Sheedy's heroine addicted photographer character, in Lisa Choldenko's critically acclaimed drama "High Art.” Her role in Emma-Kate Croghan's romantic comedy "Love and Other Catastrophes" was highly praised at both Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. She can also be seen in "Cowboys and Angels," which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, opposite Mia Kirshner and Adam Trese.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Mitchell began her acting career while still in high school. She began her career working in Australian television, then films. Her first film to appear at the Sundance Film Festival was "The Sleeping Beauties." She currently resides in Los Angeles.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND (The Caller) currently stars in the critically acclaimed Fox drama, "24," for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The show will premiere its second season in October. Last year, Sutherland completed production on the Showtime film "Red Door," directed by Matia Karrell, and “Paradise Found,” directed by Mario Andreazcchio, in which he portrays the world famous post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin.

Upcoming, Sutherland appears in the World War II drama “To End All Wars,” based on the best-selling book, Through the Valley of the Kwai, which is an account of life as a POW in a Southeast Asian prison camp. The film also stars Robert Carlyle, Ciaran McMenarrin and Mark Strong and successfully screened at both the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals this year. He will also be seen in “Dead Heat,” directed by Mark Malone. In 1998, Sutherland starred in Showtime’s critically-acclaimed original picture, "A Soldier's Sweetheart" with Skeet Ulrich and Georgina Cates, which premiered at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival’s Gala Screening. In 1997, Sutherland co-starred with William Hurt and Rufus Sewell in "Dark City." Directed by Alex Proyas, "Dark City" was a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. Sutherland also added his second directorial credit and starred in "Truth or Consequences" alongside Kevin Pollak, Mykelti Williamson, Rod Steiger and Martin Sheen. In the 1996 thriller "Eye for an Eye," directed by John Schlesinger, Sutherland portrayed an unremorseful, brutal murderer opposite Sally Field and Ed Harris. Later that summer, he co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey in the screen adaptation of John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill."

In 1993, Sutherland starred in "The Three Musketeers," based on the classic tale by Alexandre Dumas. The same year, he made his directorial debut in the critically acclaimed Showtime film "Last Light," in which he also starred opposite Forest Whitaker. "Last Light" garnered some of the most glowing reviews that any cable production has received in a long time, especially for Sutherland's directing. Sutherland's first major role was in the Canadian drama "Bad Boy," which earned Sutherland and director Daniel Petrie, Genie award nominations for best actor and best director, respectively. Following his success in "The Bad Boy," Sutherland eventually moved to Los Angeles and landed television appearances in "The Mission," an episode of "Amazing Stories" and in the telefilm "Trapped in Silence" with Marsha Mason. In 1992, Sutherland starred opposite Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker in "Article 99," and in the military drama "A Few Good Men," also starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Later, in 1994, he starred with Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in the American version of "The Vanishing" for Twentieth Century Fox.

Sutherland's other film credits include "Flatliners," "Chicago Joe and the Showgirl," "1969," "Flashback," "Young Guns," "Young Guns 2," "Bright Lights, Big City," "The Lost Boys," "Promised Land," "At Close Range," and "Stand By Me."

 

Released: 18 April 2003
Distributer: Fox
Running Time: 80 mins
Cert: TBC

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