The Assistant

About

The Assistant, Kitty Green’s follow-up to her acclaimed Casting JonBenet, premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival and impressed audiences with its tightly framed, quietly devastating, and intense portrayal of oppression in a workplace.

Jane (Julia Garner) is a junior assistant to a prominent entertainment executive, a man whose face we never get to see, though whose character is clearly inspired by the #MeToo testimonies surrounding Harvey Weinstein. There is nothing glamorous or rewarding about her job, yet she’s often reminded that any young aspiring film producer would kill to take her place. Over the course of 24 hours we witness as Garner’s superbly understated Jane faces a multitude of degradations and hostilities (from both men and women), which she continues to bear stoically. She quietly goes about her mundane tasks with an attitude of someone who is used to this type of treatment. Just when we think that nothing can be done about her growing discomfort in this land of self-importance, Jane takes action—and what follows is a fascinating depiction of the mechanics that lead to abuse of power.

Closed captioning, audio description, and enhanced audio for assistive listening are available for this film.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY Spotlight

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 87 min

COMPANY Bleecker Street

WEBSITE https://bleeckerstreetmedia.com/

EMAIL rj@obscuredpictures.com

PHONE (212) 620-0727

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Artist Bio

Kitty Green

Kitty Green (director, writer, producer, and co-editor of The Assistant) is an award-winning Australian filmmaker. Her debut documentary feature, Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and screened at 50 festivals internationally. Green’s short The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul won the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Nonfiction Jury Award. Her latest documentary, Casting JonBenet, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals and was acquired as a Netflix Original.