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Directed by Alex Pettyfer
FEATURE NARRATIVE 101 Minutes World Premiere
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
Drama, First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
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.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • 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
  • Editor:
    Kant Pan
  • Composer:
    John Hunter
  • 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



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