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SPOTLIGHT

ASHBY

Directed by Tony McNamara
FEATURE NARRATIVE 103 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE ASHBY
Writer-director Tony McNamara puts an unexpected comic twist on the boy meets strange older neighbor story. Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) cannot help proving that he is too smart for his new Virginia high school, where he is picked on by everyone save for that quirky girl Eloise (Emma Roberts). With his father unreachable and his mother June (Sarah Silverman) looking for her own connections, Ed turns to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) for help. Ashby’s unforgiving brand of tough love soon tests their friendship, and it hardly helps when Ed discovers that Ashby was once a CIA assassin.

Peppered with upbeat music and standout performances, especially by Wolff, Ashby is a spirited, self-referential update on Harold and Maude for a Taken generation. McNamara tackles what Ed calls “a fifties view of the world,” sending up the familiar tropes of bullies, disaffected teachers, pep talks, and more than one search for a father figure. He creates a pithy examination of manliness and identity, how we attempt to redefine ourselves for a fresh start or, at least, an honorable finish.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Drama, Comedy
About the Director(s)
Tony McNamara is one of Australia’s most successful writer-directors for stage and screen. His film adaptation of the award-winning play The Cage Latte Kid, retitled The Rage in Placid Lake, was widely recognized in the festival circuit.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    103 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Tony McNamara
  • Screenwriter:
    Tony McNamara
  • Producer:
    Rory Koslow, Josh Kesselman, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross
  • Editor:
    Matthew Friedman
  • Cinematographer:
    Christopher Baffa, ASC
  • Executive Producer:
    Kevin McCormick, Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher, Elliott Ross, Fenella Ross
  • Composer:
    Alec Puro
  • Cast:
    Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Dunn, Zachary Knighton, Michael Lerner

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Josh Kesselman
    Tagline Pictures
    Beverly Hills, 90212
    Phone: 310 595 1512
    Josh@thrulinela.com
  • Press Contact
    Erin Bruce
    Falco Ink
    New York, 10016
    Phone: 212 445 7100
    erinbruce@falcoink.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Nick Ogiony
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
    filmsales@caa.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Yale Chasin
    UTA Independent Film Group
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310 776 8138
    chasin_y@unitedtalent.com

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