“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”
“It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?
“It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
House Party (1990)
House Party premiered at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival, part of a pack of extremely promising debut features that also included Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth, and Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s Chameleon Street, which took home the top prize. (Apart from those debuts, the main competition also featured Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger, which belongs in a class of its own.) Perhaps those highlights give an idea of why the 1990s tend to be seen as the festival’s golden decade as a taste-making institution. It commanded media attention, but still seemed to hold on to the idea ...
“I remember going to my nominees luncheon and all the people were saying, ‘Don’t worry, you won’t get it. Just don’t worry, there’s no chance,'” Stillman recently told IndieWire. “And that was good, because I didn’t have to worry about writing any acceptance speeches. Then I thought, ‘But what if, what if you get it and I have to go up and say something, what am I going to say?
On the closing night of Doc NYC, an exceptional documentary on what it means to come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances will be shown. Swim Team captures individual members of the Jersey Hammerheads, co-founded by Mike and Maria McQuay, as they form a bond in and out of the water while training in the hope of qualifying for the Special Olympics.
Jersey Hammerheads - Maria McQuay guides Kelvin with Robbie, Mike and Hayden
Shot by Laela Kilbourn (Morgan Neville's Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom), edited by co-producer Ann Collins (Josh Aronson's Oscar-nominated Sound And Fury) with a score by Mark Suozzo (Whit Stillman's Damsels In Distress, The Last Days Of Disco, Barcelona, Metropolitan), produced by Shanna Belott, Lara Stolman has assembled an impressive
The director behind such sharp comedies of manners like “Metropolitan” and “Damsels in Distress” has always been compelled by period pieces that shine a light on the often hilarious — and frequently rotten — behavior of his characters, so his decision to adapt Jane Austen’s early novella “Lady Susan” into a very Stillman-esque feature film was a natural enough one.
Yet Stillman, who has only made five films over the course of a quarter-century, struggled to get his take on the material, eventually known as “Love & Friendship,” turned into a film for many years, cycling through financiers and producers until finally landing on an appropriate fit (to wit, a pact with Amazon and Roadside Attractions, who provided the film with a very robust theatrical release, in addition to copious streaming options). But despite some outside push and pull, Stillman
Attending Jerusalem with his latest feature, period comedy Love & Friendship, writer-director Whit Stillman updated Screen on his ongoing TV series project The Cosmopolitans, which he is working on with Amazon Studios.
Stillman created a pilot for the show back in 2014, featuring Chloe Sevigny (who also stars in Love & Friendship opposite Kate Beckinsale) and Adam Brody in the story of a group of young ex-pats living in Paris.
Amazon Studios, which distributed Love & Friendship in the Us, has commissioned six more scripts, which Stillman is now writing. However, the series will see changes from the pilot.
“It’s been two years since I did the pilot so I’m no longer interested in that story, but I really like the actors and the characters. It’s going to go in a new geographical and story direction, but with some
Sydneysiders can catch a special Q&A preview screening of Love & Friendship with Aussie actor Xavier Samuel next week at the Cremorne Orpheum.
Love & Friendship sees Academy Award nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) direct his own adaptation of Jane Austen.s early novella.Lady Susan..
The film follows the scheming and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who, aided and abetted by her loyal friend Alicia Johnson (Chloë Sevigny), is on a mission to find a husband for herself and her long-suffering daughter Frederica.
Their plans are complicated by two young men, the handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).
Love & Friendship will be in cinemas nationally via Transmission July 21.
Kudos to the Criterion Collection for releasing Whit Stillman’s charming trio of young adult angst: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). The bookend films have both been previously released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray, but now the company bows Barcelona to complete the trilogy. Available as both a stand-alone disc as well as part of a set of the three films, Barcelona features the luminous Mira Sorvino in an early role.
The trilogy of films that Mr. Stillman made as the beginning of his career and for which he is most well-known are interesting in that they depict groups of people who fall out of the scope of most of the general population and probably appeal to even less. That is actually a welcome relief. Metropolitan was shot in January and February in 1989 and released in August 1990 (a curious choice for a film
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Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino.
Directed by Whit Stillman.
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry.
Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
Those who dread the prospect of yet another Jane Austen movie frock fest would do well to be pointed in the direction of Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman’s deliciously acerbic Regency romp in which the clothes and decor support the satire, not vice versa. Too often, Austen adaptations are cosseted, corseted and more than a little bland; under Stillman’s typically deadpan direction, the author’s deliciously spiky sense of humour is joyously restored.
Not only is the reputation of
There’s always been more than a touch of Jane Austen about the films of Whit Stillman, the incisive social satirist behind 1998’s The Last Days of Disco and 2011’s Damsels in Distress. Stillman’s 1990 debut feature Metropolitan drew inspiration from Mansfield Park, and his subsequent studies of social manners have all possessed an arch observational tone that one imagines Austen might have appreciated. In 2003, he was reported to be working on a project called Winchester Races, which would marry material from the unfinished Austen novels The Watsons and Sanditon. Here, he draws on the title and plot respectively of two early epistolary works; Love and Freindship (Stillman duly standardises the young Austen’s spelling) and Lady Susan. The subtitle of the former was Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love,
The title is taken from one of Jane Austin’s short stories, but the narrative is from her novel “Lady Susan,” published 60 years after her death. It involves the title character (portrayed in the film by Kate Beckinsale), a widow without fortune, who is looking to marry again to wealth, and wishes the same for her daughter. She visits the estate of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Charles and Catherine Vernon – in the hopes of making a match for her lovely child Frederica, or at least herself.
Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in ‘Love & Friendship’
Photo credit: Roadside Attractions
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A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco
Over the course of the 1990s, writer-director Whit Stillman made a trilogy of films about the acid tongues and broken hearts of some haplessly erudite young Americans in New York and abroad. Set in the eighties, these films trace the arc of that decade, led by Stillman’s Oscar-nominated debut, Metropolitan, which introduced moviegoers to a strange, endangered species of privileged New Yorker, the “urban haute bourgeoisie.
An adaptation of Jane Austen's unpublished early novella 'Lady Susan' and set around eighteenth-century English society, the story focuses on the machinations of beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate.
While there she becomes a determined matchmaker for her daughter Frederica and herself too, enlisting the help of an old friend (Chloe Sevigny). Soon, two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations. Stephen Fry also stars in the Victorian-era comedy which opens May 13th.
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