Reuniting the Rubins

Reuniting the Rubins

Rhona Mitra as seen in REUNITING THE RUBINS, a film by Yoav Factor. Picture courtesy Monterey Media. All rights reserved.

Reuniting the Rubins

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Reuniting the Rubins (2010/2012)

Opened: 03/16/2012 Limited

Limited03/16/2012
Quad Cinema/NYC03/16/2012 - 03/22/20127 days
NoHo 703/23/2012 - 03/29/20127 days
Town Center 503/23/2012 - 03/29/20127 days
DVD04/24/2012

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Genre: British Family Comedy

Rated: PG for thematic elements and language.

Synopsis

An uptight lawyer, Lenny Rubins, (Timothy Spall -- The King's Speech), has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother (Honor Blackman -- Goldfinger) emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a holiday gathering.

They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes, his grown-up children are certainly not even from the same planet: a ruthless control-freak and hard-nosed capitalist (James Callis -- Battlestar Galactica), an outspoken, argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause (Rhona Mitra -- Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), an outer-worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all, a bible bashing born-again Rabbi!

While they might quarrel, fight, and perhaps even be starting a war in Africa, they are still family. It is going to take a whole lot of soul-searching and sacrifice for everyone to come together in this heart-warming and comic family reunion that will have you thinking fondly of your own.

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"A terrific ensemble cast makes Reuniting The Rubins a funny, warm, touching film for any season." -- Michael Berlin, Sneak Previews

"Reuniting the Rubins proves once and for all, that the best antidote to dysfunctional family-relations, is good old-fashioned comedy. A must-see film for anyone who's survived the quintessential family gathering -- and lived to talk about it!" -- Amy R. Handler, Film Threat

"A charming film...uniformly solid, interesting acting by an intriguingly cast ensemble" -- Dany Margolies, Executive Editor, Back Stage

Director's Statement

Inspired by American Indie cinema that brought us "Little Miss Sunshine", and "About Schmidt" and life-affirming Brit comedy pics such as "The Fully Monty" I set out to make a truly uplifting feel-good movie that balanced the glory of American sentimentality with the sharpness of dry British wit. The result: "Reuniting The Rubins"; a roller-coaster of emotions, from laughter to tears, in tackling the trials and tribulations of family life set against the modern day challenges of living in a hi-tech global village.

Have we entered into a self-focused everyone-for-themselves age where community could be an endangered species unless we're willing to forego an element of our selves for the greater good? Maybe we can not change the world, or even our families, but if we start on ourselves, maybe we can inspire the rest to follow.

Cast Biographies

Timothy Spall (Lenny Rubins)

Timothy is one of the UK's best loved actors. He is a multiple BIFA and BAFTA nominated artist, best known for starring in 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet' and a number of Mike Leigh films, 'Life is Sweet', 'Secrets and Lies', 'Topsy Turvey' and 'All or Nothing'. Tim is known to wider audiences as Pettigrew in the Harry Potter series and star of such hit films as 'Vanilla Sky', 'The Last Samurai', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The King's Speech'. In 1999 he was named an Officer of the British Empire.

Blake Harrison (Nick)

Blake is best known for playing Neil Sutherland in the E4 comedy The Inbetweeners and the box office hit, The Inbetweeners Movie. He attended the BRIT School in 2003 and the East 15 Acting School in 2007, before appearing in The Inbetweeners and two episodes of The Bill for ITV as Pete Monks in 2008. He has also appeared in fringe theatre productions, such as The Accidental Lives of Memories as well as Market Boy and Richard III while training.

Rhona Mitra (Andie Rubins)

Rhona is an English actress, model and singer. Her first main role came as Scott Wolf's illicit love interest on Party of Five, and has since had leading roles in many well known roles across both TV and feature films. Rhona is best known for her roles in The Number 23, Stolen and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Mitra appeared as the live action model for Lara Croft, the lead character in Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider video game series before Angelina Jolie took the role for the two Tomb Raider films. Mitra's TV credits include the final season of The Practice as Tara Wilson, Boston Legal and Nip/Tuck.

James Callis (Danny Rubins)

James is best known for playing Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series, and Bridget Jones' best friend in Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He joined the cast of the TV SeriesEureka, on Syfy, in 2010.

Hugh O'Conor (Yona Rubins)

Hugh O'Conor's first film appearance was opposite Liam Neeson in the 1985 movie Lamb. His next major film role was in the 1988 film adaptation of Hugh Leonard's Tony-winning play Da in which he played the youthful version of Martin Sheen. Hugh then went on to start in Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot opposite Daniel Day Lewis. He played the Boy King Louis in the 1993 remake of The Three Muskateers and then went on to play the lead role in Ben Ross' dark British comedy The Young Poisoner's Handbook. Other film work includes Chocolat, Thirteen, ReUniting the Rubins and most recently Killing Bono.

Theo Stevenson (Jake Rubins)

REUNITING THE RUBINS is Theo's fourth feature film, having recently starred in 'In Bruges', 'Fred Clause' and 'Horrid Henry'. Theo also has a number of theatre credits to his name including 'The Human Comedy' at The Young Vic, Dido, Queen of Carthage at The National Theatre and 'Member of the Wedding' at the Young Vic.

Honor Blackman (Gran Rubins) and

Honor is most loved for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962--64) and Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964). Other film credits include Quartet (1948) and So Long at the Fair (1950) with Dirk Bogarde, A Night to Remember (1958), Life at the Top (1965) with Laurence Harvey, The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), and the Western films Shalako (1968) with Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot and Something Big (1971) with Dean Martin. She played the role of Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She also did an overdub for an actress in the same film providing the voice for the character of Medea. More recently, she has had small roles in the films Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown (also 2001).

Filmmaker Biographies

Yoav Factor (Director / Producer)

Comedy/Drama REUNITING THE RUBINS is the debut feature film of commercials director and BAFTA nominated film producer, Yoav Factor. With a diverse range of commercials for games such as 'X-box - Splinter Cell' and 'Codemasters - Operation Vietnam' to charity campaigns for Cancer Research, and clients such as 'Mars', 'Pringles' and 'Levi's,' Yoav has won numerous accolades. These include four Kodak Commercials Awards and the coveted "special mention" from the Cannes Jury Award panel 2003 for the short film 'Good Night'. In 2009 Yoav was selected by Film London as one of the UK's top emerging film producers and in the next few years is set to fulfil that potential with the release of REUNITING THE RUBINS across the globe and 'Fragmental' a psychological thriller set to shoot in Spring 2012.

Jonathan Weissler (Producer)

At the age of just 35 Jonathan Weissler is a veteran indie UK film producer, an accomplished line producer, and runs commercials/music video production Balagan Productions as well as emerging facilitating production company Elstree Studios Productions.

Miles Cook (Cinematographer)

Commercials veteran Miles Cook has shot commercials for clients such as Dolce & Gabbana, Channel No 5, Nike, Gap, Kellogs, working with directors including Tony Scott, Alan Parker, and Ridley Scott. He has been profiled in the magazine "American Cinematographer" for his work on the Sharon Stone film, "Where Sleeping Dogs Lie." (July 1991).

Miles is also a renowned Stills Photographer who has shot Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Jagger and Sharon Stone and has shot music videos for artists including David Bowie, ABC, Heart, Deacon Blue, Steve Earl, and James. Reuniting the Rubins is a rare sorty for Miles back into feature films.

Tim Atack (Composer)

Tim's latest feature credits include Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's film Cemetery Junction for Sony Pictures and Ricky's 2009 The Invention of Lying for Warners. He has also scored the forthcoming Channel 4 documentary Graffiti Wars: Banksy vs Rob, produced by Twofour Broadcast. The hit song 'Kissing You', which he co-wrote and produced with Desree, played an important musical thematic role throughout Baz Luhrmann's cult 1997 movie Romeo & Juliet (20th Century Fox). In addition to being a featured song, an instrumental version was also used as music for the famous balcony scene. The film premiered at no. 1 at the US box office and was a huge international hit. The soundtrack album has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide and was number 1 in many countries.

 

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