State of Play


Journalism on Screen commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Tucson Citizen newspaper’s closing with a screening of the 2009 journalism thriller, State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams, followed by an onstage discussion with a panel of Citizen alums. Jennifer Boice, Corky Simpson, Steve Rivera, Gabrielle Fimbres, Chuck Graham and Dylan Smith will discuss the former afternoon newspaper and the current state of community journalism.

Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals.  Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn, The Tucson Sentinel and The Loft Cinema.

“A great, intelligent adult thriller about the death of newspapers.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon

Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren, in this blistering thriller about deception, corruption and the power of investigative journalism. When veteran Washington D.C. newspaper reporter Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) is assigned by his editor (Mirren) to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician (Affleck), he and junior reporter Della Frye (McAdams) uncover a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation’s power structures. In a town of spin-doctors and wealthy power brokers, they will discover one truth: when fortunes are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is safe.  Based on the acclaimed British miniseries of the same name, the suspenseful and gripping State of Play echoes such classic ‘70s conspiracy thrillers as All the President’s Men, updated for the era of modern journalism. From Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), State of Play also stars Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels and Robin Wright. (Dir. by Kevin Macdonald, 2009, USA, 127 mins., Rated PG-13)