Call Jane

Source: Sundance Film Festival

‘Call Jane’

Roadside Attractions has acquired its third Sundance 2022 film, taking US rights to Premieres selection Call Jane starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver.

Phyllis Nagy’s film follows a woman in late 1960s Chicago who wants to terminate her pregnancy for health reasons at a time when United States laws made it very difficult for women to get an abortion. Her life changes when she discovers a safe, underground service run by women.

The cast includes Wunmi Mosaku, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, Cory Michael Smith, Grace Edwards and John Magaro. Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi co-wrote the screenplay and Robbie Brenner, David Wulf, and Kevin McKeon produced alongside Lee Broda, Claude Amadeo, and Michael D’Alto.

Call Jane is inspired by the Jane Collective movement that established itself in Chicago in the late 1960s to provide safe abortions for women before the process was legalised in the landmark Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973.

Roadside’s Howard Cohen negotiated with UTA Independent Film Group negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers and the distributor plans an autumn theatrical release. Protagonist Pictures holds international sales rights.

Roadside partnered with Vertical Entertainment on Emily The Criminal after the companies acquired Alice prior to the festival.