Hong Kong – Wednesday 2 September 2015 – CLSA Limited (CLSA), Asia’s leading and longest-running brokerage and investment group will host Academy Award winning actor, director, producer and philanthropistNicolas Cage at the 22nd CLSA Investors’ Forum to be held in Hong Kong from 14-18 September 2015.
Cage headlines 50 keynote and specialist speakers including former US security contractor Edward Snowdenwho will address CLSA clients via satellite from Moscow. Additional presenters include former President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, US political pollster Frank Luntz, geo-political commentatorRobert D. Kaplan, terrorism expert Thomas Hegghammer, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, political economist Mark Blyth, mindfulness professor Ellen Langer, clean energy disrupter Tony Seba, composer Eric Whitacre, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard and The Gloom, Boom & Doom author Marc Faber, among others.
In a conversation with CLSA clients over lunch on Wednesday 16 September, Nicolas Cage, one of the most versatile actors of all time equally known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy, will discuss his prolific four-decade movie career comprising 82 films in which he has either appeared or provided a character voice.
From his achieving landmarks of critical success to his mega-fame trajectory in both action and independent films, Cage has starred in worldwide box office successes including five collaborations with producer Jerry Bruckheimer that include The Rock, Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds. His memorable performance as an alcoholic in the dramaLeaving Las Vegas earned him an Academy Award as well as Golden Globe and Best Actor awards from numerous critic circles. Cage further solidified his leading man status when he received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations for his dual role as twin brothers ‘Charlie’ and ‘Donald Kaufman’ in Spike Jonze’s quirky comedy Adaptation.
Cage’s portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in Birdy galvanized his reputation as a serious actor. He then received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor for his role as Cher’s lover in Moonstruck. Some of Cage’s other honors include a 1993 Golden Globe nomination for his role in Honeymoon in Vegas, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montreal World Film Festival in 1996, the first ever Distinguished Decade in Film Award at ShoWest in 2001, and the prestigious American Cinematheque honored him in 2001.
In 2013 Cage renewed his appointment as a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice for the United Nations committing to a second tenure of two years. Cage’s original appointment took place in 2009. He traveled to Africa to undertake a mission with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Gulu, Uganda, Mombasa, Kenya and Nairobi, Kenya. He met with child soldiers, gang members, inmates, Kenyan judges and magistrates to help stop human trafficking, child slavery and kidnapping. Cage is also a Luminary for Amnesty International and helps with their focus on human rights.
Edward Snowden is a former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as a subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity. In 2013, he revealed that the NSA was seizing the private records of billions of individuals who had not been suspected of any wrongdoing, resulting in the most significant reforms to US surveillance policy since 1978. He has received awards for courage, integrity, and public service, and was named the top global thinker of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine. Today, he works on methods of enforcing human rights through the application and development of new technologies. He joined the board of Freedom of the Press Foundation in February 2014.
Nicolas Cage will next appear in Oliver Stone’s movie Snowden, set for release in December 2015.
The 22nd CLSA Investors’ Forum is an invitation-only event for clients of CLSA. It will be attended by more than 1,500 institutional investors from 30 countries and more than 300 senior executives from 200 Asia- and US-listed companies.