Followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Bill Collage

    March 23 at 6PM


Sag Harbor resident and screenwriter Bill Collage (Emancipation, Accepted, Tower Heist) will present his newest film Sleeping Dogs (2024) starring Russell Crowe at Sag Harbor Cinema on March 23 at 6pm. The screening will be followed by a conversation between SHC’ Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Mr. Collage, who will discuss the film and his screenwriting process. A reception on the third floor will be held after the event. 

In the film, Crowe plays an ex-homicide detective who undergoes experimental Alzheimer’s treatment as he attempts to solve a decades-old murder. Based on The Book of Mirrors (2017) by Romanian novelist E.O. Chirovici, the film examines the inner workings of memory through the lens of the classic crime story.  

“From the moment (director/co-writer) Adam Cooper and I read E.O. Chirovicci’s acclaimed thriller Book of Mirrors, we knew we had to adapt it into a film,“ says Collage. “The initial phone call between us to discuss it happened on the sidewalk right outside Sag Harbor Cinema in 2016!”

“I am very happy to welcome Bill Collage back to the Cinema,” says D’Agnolo Vallan. “His gift for exciting, dramatic storytelling is on full display here as he enters the mind of a policeman struggling with acute memory loss and the ghost of an old case. Suspenseful, witty and deeply humane, Sleeping Dogs also features one of the best performances Russell Crowe has given in a long time.”   

Collage will speak about the writing and adaptation process of bringing the book to the screen. Having written comedy, drama, action, history and more, Collage will provide insight on how he navigated the unique complexities of crafting a thriller-mystery.   

“The story deals with the way people tend to remember things differently — and features a protagonist who can not remember things at all!” says Collage. “So it’s a classic who-dunnit, with lots of twists and turns that leaves audiences guessing until the very end. Suffice to say, having Russell Crowe agree to take on the lead role was a complete thrill, and he gives a brilliant performance. I can not wait to share the movie with everyone in Sag Harbor — because a lot of it was written right here,” says Collage. 

A meet and greet reception with Bill Collage will follow the screening. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres are kindly sponsored by Almond Restaurant and a choice of a specialty cocktail “The Twist” or “Red Herring” sponsored by 818 Tequila. Tickets for the film and reception are $30.

Tickets for the screening, as well as the screening plus the additional reception, will be available on the cinema’s website,


For more information on the film, see details below:


Dir. Adam Cooper

USA, 2024; 110 mins, in English

Rated R

After undergoing a cutting-edge Alzheimer’s treatment, an ex-homicide detective (Russell Crowe) is forced to solve a brutal murder of a college professor. But as evidence uncovers secrets tied to his forgotten past, he is led to a chilling truth – sometimes, it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie. Also starring Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Márton Csókás (Lord of the Rings, The Equalizer), Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake), Harry Greenwood (The Nightingale), and Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy).



As a not-for-profit 501(c)3, community-based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving and educating about films, filmmaking, and the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image – from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016, SHC continues a long historic tradition of entertainment in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise and have access to our member-only rooftop lounge, The Green Room.  



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