Media Release: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
SHOW ME A HERO
Six-part mini series starring Oscar Isaac, Jim Belushi, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder
Airs Mondays at 7.30pm AEST starting August 17
Part one of the exclusive HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero premieres on Foxtel’s showcase channel on Monday, August 17 at 7.30pm AEST.
From creator David Simon (HBO’s Treme and The Wire) and director Paul Haggis (Crash), and based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York.
In 1987, in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac from Inside Llewyn Davis and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighbourhoods of his town.
His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyses the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.
Show Me a Hero co-stars Catherine Keener (Oscar nominee for Capote and Being John Malkovich), as long time East Yonkers resident Mary Dorman; Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange, HBO’s The Normal Heart) as Councilman Henry J. Spallone; Winona Ryder (Oscar nominee for Little Women and The Age of Innocence) as Councilwoman Vinni Restiano; Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel, HBO’s Recount) as U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand; and Jim Belushi (The Defenders, According to Jim) as incumbent Yonkers mayor Angelo Martinelli.