Back Roads

Spotlight Narrative

World Premiere

USA | 101 MINUTES

BACK ROADS

Drama, First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
After his mother (a gritty Juliette Lewis) goes to jail for shooting and killing his abusive father, Harley Altmyer (Alex Pettyfer) is left to care for his three younger sisters in a rural Pennsylvania town. The uneducated Harley works two dead-end jobs to preserve what’s left of his family, including the rebellious, sexual 16-year-old Amber (Nicola Peltz). Angered and traumatized by his painful past, Harley finally begins to feel hope when he connects with an older, married woman (Jennifer Morrison), and they embark on an affair. When shocking family secrets emerge, Harley’s life begins to spiral downward, leading to a devastating conclusion that impacts the entire community.

In his directorial debut, Pettyfer deals masterfully with a layered screenplay by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal) and Tawni O'Dell and elicits moving performances from the entire cast. Pettyfer proves as capable in front of the camera as he is behind it, playing a sensitive, brooding young man who must confront the lingering effects of abuse and hardship. Back Roads explores pain, trauma, hopelessness, and the complex nature of love itself.

—Karen Kemmerle

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Alex Pettyfer

Known for his work in films like I Am Number Four, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Magic Mike, actor and director Alex Pettyfer envisioned bringing his own content to audiences. In 2015, he co-founded Upturn Productions with business partner and financier Craig Robinson; Back Roads is the company’s first feature.


Director
Alex Pettyfer
Producer
Craig Robinson, Michael Ohoven, Ashley Mansour, Alex Pettyfer, Jake Seal, Dan Spilo
Screenwriter
Tawni O'Dell, Adrian Lyne
Cinematographer
Jarin Blaschke
Composer
John Hunter
Editor
Kant Pan
Executive Producer
Simon Wetton, Ali Jazayeri, Palmer Murray, Amy Rodrigue
Co-Producer
Tawni O'Dell
Cast
Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Morrison, Nicola Peltz, June Carryl, Robert Patrick, Juliette Lewis

CONTACTS

US Sales Contact
Jessica Lacy
ICM
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310 550 4000
JLacy@icmpartners.com
Press Contact
Nathaniel Baruch
Topic
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917 306 9585
nathaniel.baruch@topic.com
Print Source
Craig Robinson
Upturn Productions, LLC
Newport Beach, 92660
Phone: 949 351 5901
cr@upturnproductions.com
International Sales Contact
Carl Clifton
Hyde Park International, LLC
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: 818 783 6060
carl@hydeparkentertainment.com