Vertigo Releasing is proud to announce the acquisition of THE ASSISTANT, which will be released in the UK and Ireland on 3rd April 2020.
The film is directed by Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet) and stars Emmy Award-winner Julia Garner (Ozark), Matthew MacFadyen (Succession) and Kristine Forseth (Low Tide). Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus, P. Jennifer Dana and Ross Jacobson of 3311 Productions produced the film. Green’s timely first narrative feature follows on from her provocative award-winning documentaries including Ukraine Is Not a Brothel and Casting JonBenet.
In 2017, a series of shattering exposés levelled allegations of sexual assault across the entertainment industry, unearthing a watershed moment and sending powerful predators running for cover. As the courage of outspoken accusers inspired women in all industries to step forward and say “me too,” documentary filmmaker Kitty Green knew she had found the subject for her first narrative film: not the misdeeds of one person, but the entrenched system that supports the many.
Inspired by real-life stories, THE ASSISTANT follows an ambitious young woman working for a powerful film producer through one day that may define her future. Meticulously researched and written by Green, the film is a fictional exploration of one of the most destructive issues in today’s workplace, as a low-level employee at a top media company tries to reconcile her own beliefs with a deeply entrenched atmosphere of abuse and exploitation.
The filmmakers, producers and financiers have partnered with The New York Women’s Foundation and will donate 10% of their profits from the film to support The Foundation, which gives grants women-led, community-based organisations that promote the economic security, safety, and health of women and families in New York City, where the film was made. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.nywf.org .
THE ASSISTANT premiered at Telluride to rave reviews and recently played at Sundance to equally impressive reviews. Wahida Niblo, Head of Distribution at Vertigo says, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Kitty Green’s film to the UK and Ireland. THE ASSISTANT tackles a timely subject which will resonate with audiences widely. Julia Garner is a stand out star in this important film that deserves to be seen widely.”
Synopsis: THE ASSISTANT follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. As Jane follows her daily routine she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.
THE ASSISTANT will be released in UK and Irish cinemas on 3rd April 2020.