classified 18

The Balance of Things: the Cinematic Imagination of Nic Roeg


Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Nicolas Roeg
Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer
130 mins, 1983, UK | USA
Primary language

"Once I had it all; now I just have everything," sighs Jack McCann (Gene Hackman), the world's wealthiest man. Twenty years after uncovering an unimaginable bounty of gold in the Klondike, prospector Jack, now settled in the Caribbean, finds both his wealth and soul at stake amongst a sinister web of nefarious influences, spiritual malaise and criminal elements.

Nic Roeg's Eureka was barely released at the time of its making and overlooked by critics. Now, three decades later, it returns to reclaim a place among both the front ranks of Roeg's work and as one of the most extraordinary studio films of the 1980s.

A magnificently mythic meditation, a harkback to The Man Who Fell to Earth, and headlined by an exceptional cast including Gene Hackman, Rutger Hauer, Theresa Russell, Mickey Rourke and Joe Pesci, Eureka is as powerfully acted, formally audacious, thematically layered and as emotionally complex as any of Roeg's work.

Screening on 35mm print courtesy of Park Circus.