The Novice (2021)

Director: Lauren Hadaway Run Time: 96 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Amy Forsyth, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jeni Ross, Jonathan Cherry, Kate Drummond

Country: United States
Language: English

“Dark, unnerving and thrilling… A film this raw made with such a steady, assured hand only comes along once in a while. We should take notice”

—Jourdain Searles for The Hollywood Reporter

About the film:

Winner of Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Queer college freshman Alex Dall joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost. Intent on outperforming her teammates, Alex pushes herself to her limits and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success.

About the filmmaker:

Lauren Hadaway is an LGBTQ+ filmmaker who honed her skills as a trusted post-production sound editor and dialogue and ADR supervisor on projects like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Ava Duvernay’s Selma, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, one of her inspirations for switching focus to writing and directing.

A 2018 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow, Hadaway crafted her directorial debut The Novice from her own experiences as a college rower. Read more.

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