Anniversary Party

Anniversary Party
It's Not A Party Until Something Gets Broken



April 24, 2002

"We molded each character specifically for the actor we had in mind. So Cal was written for Kevin Kline and Skye for Gwyneth, for example. We took into consideration how they each talk, their cadence, their style. So although no one is playing themselves, these characters feel organic because they come from something so real. It was quite a bit of fun to draw from reality and, with our own characters, it even felt slightly shocking and illicit" explains
Co-Director, Alan Cumming

On April 24, 2002 Roadshow Entertainment presents the long-awaited feature film directorial debut of award-winning actors, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY on DVD starring Jane Adams, Jennifer Beals, Phoebe Cates, Kevin Kline, Gwyneth Paltrow, Parker Posey, John C. Reilly, Leigh and Cumming.

Two witty writers, two fresh directors, a stunning ensemble cast, musical numbers, illicit substances, disturbed neighbours, clashed egos, frayed tempers, hidden desire and a runaway dog...this will be a party to remember.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY on DVD features an exclusive audio commentary with Leigh and Cumming who discuss character development and the significance of the various characters. This feature also explores the relevance of the location and how the movie was shot in 19 days in the Hollywood Hills in a mid-century modern house designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Richard Neutra.

"The Neutra house is a character in itself," says Jennifer Jason Leigh. "We wanted a glass house because there is something unprotected and exposed about them and that seemed a perfect metaphor for this movie."

Also included on this DVD is "Anatomy Of A Scene Sundance Channel Documentary" which features interviews with Cumming, Leigh, Editor Carol Littleton and Director Of Photography John Bailey who discuss the vision they had for the movie and how they wanted the actors to create it.

"It was both a challenge and an advantage," notes Jennifer Jason Leigh. "On the one hand, it was hard to co-direct because directing can be such a single-minded, dictatorial thing; on the other hand we're so like-minded it worked out incredibly well." Cumming concurs. "It was a sort of yin and yang thing with us. Whenever one of us was uncertain, the other jumped in," he says. "It was always nice to have someone to really share things with. And, in a way, because the movie is so much about the journey of a couple, about the two characters we wrote and whom we play, it made perfect sense for us to direct it together".

This DVD also includes cast and crew information for Cumming, Leigh, Paltrow, Kline, Cates Adams and Reilly.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY features widescreen presentation, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, theatrical trailer and English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY is rated MA 15+, runs for 110minutes, and is also available to rent on video.

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