The Assistant

Source: Ty Johnson, Luminary Productions 

The Assistant

London-based Protagonist Pictures has acquired worldwide rights outside the US to Kitty Green’s Telluride premiere The Assistant.

Protagonist will screen the film to international buyers at the AFM which starts in Santa Monica on November 6. 

Julia Garner, who won an Emmy for her performance in Netflix series Ozark, stars in The Assistant which is inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. It unfolds over one day in the working life of a young woman who takes a stand against the sexual abuse she suspects is taking place at the entertainment company she has recently joined. 

Matthew Macfadyen co-stars as an HR executive.

Bleecker Street picked up US rights to the film in late October and is releasing in January 2020.

The Assistant is the first narrative feature from Australian writer-director Green following feature documentaries Ukraine Is Not A Brothel and the 2017 Sundance breakout Casting JonBenet.

Green produced the film with Scott Macaulay, James Schamus, and P. Jennifer Dana and Ross Jacobson of 3311 Productions.

Protagonist’s AFM slate also includes Drake Doremus’ romantic drama Endings, Beginnings, starring Shailene Woodley and Jamie Dornan, as well as Edward Hall’s Blithe Spirit, Claire Oakley’s Make Up, Julie Delpy’s My Zoe, and Darius Marder’s Sound Of Metal.