*Online Premiere* Suffering a loss, a woman finds a mysterious book on a subway platform and with it fights to get control of her life. “Leaving Hope,” by director Caspar Newbolt is an enigmatic drama, shot in gorgeous black & white, concerning the messy emotional state of Laine, and the lengths she goes to reestablish well-being, personal and financial. One night, still reeling from being kicked out of her apartment, she stumbles upon a passed-out man lying in the subway next to a self-help book. She takes possession of the book, and takes its advice to heart: “I’m supposed to get in touch with my friends and family, and you know, tell them how much I love them, and stuff.” But it’s not long before a phone call from her mother informs of bad news at home, forcing Laine into a dicey predicament involving a handgun. Newbolt’s film is beautifully shot and performed, and leaves an indelible, even haunting, impression with its almost dreamlike logic and ambiguity, particularly in the remarkable final sequence. [Watch on YouTube]. (25 minutes). Directed by Caspar Newbolt. Starring Laine Rettmer. Featuring Rebecca Street, Sean Weil, Andy Bean, George Katt and Justine Cotsonas. Original score + Sound design: MAKEUP+ VANITY SET. Production design: Philippa Culpepper. Cinematography: Shabier Kirchner. Produced by Alexandra Byer.
For more on the film, read our interview with director Caspar Newbolt, where he discusses working with his lead actress, Laine Rettmer, creating beautiful black and white images, and what comes next for him. [NoBudge Members Only]