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End of Watch

Two police officers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) patrol the streets of south central Los Angeles in this gripping adrenalin-fuelled thriller.

Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.

The screening on Sat 13 Oct at 12:15 will have subtitles and audio-description.

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  • Director-Screenwriter David Ayer
  • Producer John Lesher, David Ayer, Nigel Sinclair, Matt Jackson
  • With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martines
  • USA 2012
  • 109 mins
  • Production companies Exclusive Media, Le Grisbi Films, Crave Films, Emmet/Furla Films
  • UK distribution STUDIOCANAL

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña give knock-out performances in this gripping, adrenalin-fuelled thriller about two police officers who patrol the mean streets of south central Los Angeles. Officers Taylor and Zavala are energetic risk-takers, working around the edge of regulations to get results. When they discover and confiscate guns and a stash of money during a routine procedure, their subsequent investigation takes them into much darker territory and soon they are marked for death by a local drug cartel. While the film itself is strictly committed to the lives of the men and women in blue (Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martines are terrific as the duo’s romantic partners), one of its most persuasive and terrifying characters is the acid-tongued, machine gun-wielding, ultra-butch driving force behind the gang. David Ayer’s (Training Day; Harsh Times) films as screenwriter and director demonstrate an ongoing preoccupation with the violent underbelly of Los Angeles. The visceral immediacy of End of Watch is achieved by splicing the film together as if created from hand-held footage shot by the cops, the gang members they are tracking and surveillance cameras. Ayer’s crackling dialogue is matched by virtuoso editing from Dody Dorn (Memento).
Clare Stewart

Director statement

When an officer finishes his shift, he’s got this log book and makes log entries – Code Six here, stopped this guy, detained this suspect... The last thing they write is ‘EOW’ and the time. Veteran officers will tell you there’s pretty much one thing you’ve got to do every shift, and that’s EOW – end of watch, and go home. If you don’t go home, that’s also called an end of watch.
David Ayer

Director biography

Born in Champaign, Illinois in 1968, he lived from his teenage years in South Central Los Angeles, and briefly served in the US Navy. His first feature film credit was as a self-avowedly ‘mercenary’ co-writer on the controversial submarine drama U-571 (the historical inexactitude of which exercised even Tony Blair), but he developed his screenwriting career via The Fast and the Furious, Training Day, Dark Blue and SWAT, gaining invaluable research time within the LAPD. He made his directorial debut with Harsh Times in 2006.


2006 Harsh Times
2008 Street Kings
2012 End of Watch

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