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Sleeping Dogs

In this gripping crime thriller, Russell Crowe stars as Roy Freeman, an ex-homicide detective with a fractured memory, forced to revisit a case he can't remember. As a man's life hangs in the balance on death row, Freeman must piece together the brutal evidence from a decade-old murder investigation, uncovering a sinister web of buried secrets and betrayals linking to his past. With only instincts to trust, he faces a chilling truth - sometimes, it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.

Run time

1h 50m

Genre

Action, Crime/Thriller

Cast

RUSSELL CROWE Unhinged, Gladiator
KAREN GILLAN Guardians Of The Galaxy, Jumanji: The Next Level
MARTON CSÓKÁS The Lord of the Rings
TOMMY FLANAGAN Guardians of the Galaxy, FX's Sons of Anarchy
HARRY GREENWOOD The Nightingale, Hacksaw Ridge, Pacific
THOMAS M. WRIGHT Everest

Director

ADAM COOPER

Writer

ADAM COOPER Allegiant, Assassin's Creed
BILL COLLAGE Allegiant, Assassin's Creed

Producers

MARK FASANO American Ultra
ADAM COOPER Of Kings And Prophets
BILL COLLAGE Of Kings And Prophets
POUYA SHAHBAZIAN Divergent, Allegiant

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Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

Roy Freeman

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

Laura Baines / Elizabeth Westlake

Márton Csókás

Márton Csókás

Doctor Joseph Wieder

Tommy Flanagan

Tommy Flanagan

Jimmy Remis

Harry Greenwood

Harry Greenwood

Richard Finn

Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright

Wayne Devereaux

Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper

Director / Co-Writer

Director's Statement

As a storyteller, I am drawn to characters in crisis. The nature of that crisis can take on many forms – identity, mortality, faith – but at the centre, there’s always someone who is struggling to make sense of their life. Someone who goes on a journey from a lost or fragmented state, to one where they can begin to restore themselves. This is very much the story of our protagonist, Roy Freeman. His crisis is an existential one, as he’s struggling with the most existential question of them all –WHO AM I? His memory loss has robbed him of his quality of life. The foundation of who he thinks he is on any given day, is built on sand – unstable and ever- shifting. It’s like part of his soul has been taken from him or wandered off. Roy’s quest to reclaim his past is the emotional core of SLEEPING DOGS, but that quest will be fraught with peril – as it’s only through an investigation into a forgotten murder case that our protagonist can achieve what he seeks. The irony of this, is that in achieving his goal, he wishes he hadn’t. He wishes that he had just let sleeping dogs lie.

Cinematically, I aspired to make a movie that stands among the greats in this genre Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Alan Parker’s Angel Heart, Scorsese’s Shutter Island – and am excited to take viewers on a journey into Roy’s forgotten past. To take them on an investigative thrill ride ripe with twists, turns and surprises, but to also make them feel everything Roy is feeling.

What thematically excites me about this story is that it deals with the role memory and our awareness of our past plays in shaping who we are, how we look at the world, and the way in which we behave. It is a universal notion, that what has happened to us, what we have done, or what has been done to us, irrevocably influences who we are. But what if we could forget all that? What if all of the trauma of our past could be washed away? Forgotten. Who would we be? Is ignorance in fact bliss? Or in forgetting all that is bad, is there now no point of reference or what it really means to be moral and good? Existential questions for sure, and ones that our protagonist will confront on his journey to eventual redemption ... or reckoning.

This film was a labor of love, between our actors and crew in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you for being such willing collaborators on my directorial debut. When you give everybody permission to bring their ideas to the table, you end up with something enthralling.

Adam Cooper

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SLEEPING DOGS l Official HD Trailer l Starring Russell Crowe & Karen Gillan l Only In Theaters 3.22

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Sleeping Dogs | Miss Westlake

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Sleeping Dogs | Working With Russell

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Director Adam Cooper behind the scenes of the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Tommy Flanagan as “Jimmy Reis” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Russell Crowe as “Roy Freeman” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Sleeping Dogs | On Digital April 9

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#RussellCrowe is Roy Freeman

Haunted by his past, a detective with a shattered memory races to solve a case before an innocent pays the price. Witness #RussellCrowe's gripping portrayal of Detective Roy Freeman in #SleepingDogs, the thrilling new film from The Avenue. Only in theaters March 22.

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Sleeping Dogs | Everyone's A Suspect

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Sleeping Dogs | Buy On Digital April 9

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Sleeping Dogs | Get Tickets Now

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Sleeping Dogs | IN THEATERS NOW

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Karen Gillan as “Laura Baines” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Sleeping Dogs | Official Clip: People Kill For A Whole Lot Of Reasons

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Harry Greenwood as “Richard Finn” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Márton Csókás as “Joseph Wieder” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Sleeping Dogs | Official Clip: Chance For Us To Make That Right

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Sleeping Dogs | Official Clip: Danger Head On

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Russell Crowe as “Roy Freeman” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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[L-R] Russell Crowe as “Roy Freeman” and Pacharo Mzembe as “Isaac Samuel” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Russell Crowe as “Roy Freeman” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film, SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Sleeping Dogs | How It Really Went Down

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#KarenGillan is Laura Baines

Ex-lover. Alluring mystery. Genius manipulator. Is she an ally or adversary? #KarenGillan captivates as Laura Baines in #SleepingDogs. Limited release on March 22.

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[L-R] Director Adam Cooper and Karen Gillan behind the scenes of the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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[L-R] Harry Greenwood as “Richard Finn,” Márton Csókás as “Joseph Wieder” and Karen Gillan “Laura Baines” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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[L-R] Harry Greenwood and Director Adam Cooper behind the scenes of the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Detective Roy

The Detective. His mind, once his greatest weapon, now his greatest challenge. When your most trusted tool falters, the journey resets at square one. Watch #RussellCrowe track down the truth in #SleepingDogs, exclusively in theaters March 22.

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Karen Gillan as “Laura Baines” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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[L-R] Tommy Flanagan as “Jimmy Reis” and Russell Crowe as “Roy Freeman” in the Action/Crime/Thriller film SLEEPING DOGS, a The Avenue release.

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Sleeping Dogs | #TommyFlanagan is Detective Jimmy

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Sleeping Dogs | #PacharoMzembe is Isaac Samuel

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Sleeping Dogs | #HarryGreenwood is Richard Finn

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Sleeping Dogs | #HarryGreenwood is Richard Finn

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Sleeping Dogs | A Knock At The Door

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Sleeping Dogs | #ThomasMWright is Wayne Devereaux

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Sleeping Dogs | #MartinCsokas is Dr. Joseph Wieder

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