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Little Woods

M NZ

Offensive language, low level violence & threatening behaviour.

M AU

Mature themes and coarse language

DIRECTOR: Nia DaCosta
PRODUCED BY: Rachael Fung & Gabrielle Nadig & Tim Headington
STARRING: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, with James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Mitchell
EDITOR: Catrin Hedström
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Yvonne Boudreaux 
COSTUME DESIGNER: Colin Wilkes

FESTIVALS: Tribeca 2018, NZIFF 2018

RUN TIME: 1hr 43min
 

Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is barely getting by in Little Woods, an economically depressed fracking boomtown in North Dakota. She has left her days of illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border behind, eyeing a potential new job that would finally break her out of the small town. But when her mother dies, she is reunited with her estranged sister Deb (Lily James), who faces a mounting crisis: the combined effect of an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex (James Badge Dale). The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure. As both bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score, or to leave it all behind.

Writer-director Nia DaCosta’s debut is an emotionally charged small-town thriller that weaves themes of economic downturn and the opioid crisis into its intimate story of two sisters trying to get by. An unvarnished film anchored by an authentically drawn sibling bond, LITTLE WOODS speaks to both the biggest and smallest elements of the working-class struggle in rural America. 

★★★★ “A powerful performance piece for Tessa Thompson and Lily James" ..."A stunning, deep and thoughtful portrait of two marginalised women in America forgotten by city folk and the political class.” - News.com.au

★★★★ "The ambience is new and precisely evoked as a world of cruel contrasts." - Sydney Morning Herald

"Little Woods is very personal and very touching" - Observer

"DaCosta's film is hauntingly nostalgic for a world gone by" - Film Inquiry

"Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Lily James are terrific...in this gripping backwoods thriller" - NZIFF

3.5/4 stars "Powerful and essential" - Observer

★★★★ - Black Girl Nerds
★★★★ - CC2K

SHOWING AT THESE NZ CINEMAS:

Light House Petone, Cuba & Pauatahanui - 20 June

Miro Upper Hutt - 20 June

Academy Auckland - 20 June

Bridgeway Auckland  - 20 June

Rialto Newmarket & Dunedin - 20 June

Waiheke Cinema - 20 June

Alice Cinematheque - 20 June

Vic Devonport - 20 June

Gecko Motueka - 20 June

EcoWorld Picton cinema - 20 June

State Cinema Nelson - 20 June

Focal Point Feilding - 20 June

Dome Cinema Gisborne - 27 June

Shoreline Waikanae - 4 July

SHOWING AT THESE AUS CINEMAS:

Lido & Classic VIC/Melbourne 16-May 

Luna Leederville (Palace) WA/Perth 16-May 

State Cinema Hobart TAS/Hobart 16-May 

Dendy Newtown NSW/Sydney 16-May 

Dendy Canberra ACT/Canberra 16-May 

Majestic Port Macquarie NSW/Port Macquarie 16-May 

Majestic Nambour QLD/Nambour 16-May 

New Farm Cinema QLD/Brisbane 16-May 

Bowral Empire NSW 23-May 

Starcourt Lismore NSW/Lismore 26-May 

Mt Vic Flicks NSW TBC

Govinda’s NSW/Sydney 6-Jun 

Mercury Cinema SA/Adelaide