Writer/Director Ry Russo-Young’s previous films – the award-winning experimental short, Marion, and subsequent features, Orphans and You Won’t Miss Me – featured strong, independent women that pushed boundaries as a way of defining themselves. Her latest film, Nobody Walks, based on a script developed with Lena Dunham at the Sundance Institute, focuses on a young, sexually liberated New York artist Martine (Olivia Thirlby) who comes to L.A. to finish her experimental film. Martine uses her sexuality to go after what she wants, leading other characters to acts of betrayal that compromise their trust in one another. The ensemble cast also includes John Kraskinski and Rosemarie DeWitt.
During our roundtable interview, Russo-Young talked about why she intended this as a movie about coming of age regardless of what age you are, how she wanted to examine the evolving chemistry between characters and the impact their decisions had on those around them without making any moral judgment, and why the ‘no-sometimes-means-yes-or-maybe’ moments in the film reflected the ambiguities of sexuality that people experience in real-life relationships. She also discussed how growing up on the East Coast shaped her outsider perspective on L.A., how her early experience as an experimental filmmaker informs the movies she makes now, and what she’s working on next. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
A couple new clips to share with you this evening:
- Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Zero, a mash-up of steam-punk and kung-fu, stars Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Tony Leung, Ka Fai and Shu Qi. Tai Chi Zero opens stateside in limited release on October 19th. Check out the trailer if you missed it earlier.
- Co-written by Lena Dunham (Girls) and director Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) comes Nobody Walks, starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Jane Levy and Rosemarie DeWitt. Nobody Walks also opens October 19th.
Hit the jump to check out the clips.
Justin Kirkhas earned high praise for his roles on television, in film and on stage. In Ry Russo-Young’s ensemble drama, Nobody Walks, about a young New York artist (Olivia Thirlby) who moves to Los Angeles and becomes a catalyst for lust, denial and deception, Kirk plays a screenwriter in therapy that’s used to talking his way into anything. His therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) finds herself fending off her patient’s projective impulses as her once idyllic existence starts to unravel.
During our roundtable interview, Kirk talked about why it’s fun to portray a well-drawn character that behaves like a cad, why he only lasted a few months the first time he tried therapy, how he enjoyed working opposite DeWitt, why TV is good training ground for the movies, and why he wouldn’t mind making a multi-million dollar movie if the opportunity arose. He also discussed finishing Weeds, his new television series Animal Practice, and co-starring with Michael Caine in the upcoming feature film, Mr. Morgan’s Last Love. Hit the jump for the interview.
Olivia Thirlby plays a young New York artist who comes to Los Angeles to complete her experimental film in Nobody Walks. Soon after her arrival, personal connections begin to veer away from professional terrain and everyone is forced to confront the new landscape that emerges in her wake. The ensemble drama, which opens in theaters on October 19th, also stars John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt.
During my roundtable interview with Thirlby, she discussed her character, what drew her to the script by Lena Dunham and director Ry Russo-Young, how sexual energy and sexual expression are big themes of the film, and why one of the film’s strengths is that it doesn’t offer the audience any clear cut notions on who’s right or who’s wrong. Thirlby, who shot Nobody Walks immediately after the action-packed Dredd 3D, also revealed how her appearance changed for the role of Martine, why she enjoyed playing a bad-ass in Dredd, and why she’s a big fan of Girls. Hit the jump to read more.
The first trailer and poster have gone online for Nobody Walks, a drama starring John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt and Olivia Thirlby. From director Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me), who co-wrote the picture with Lena Dunham (Girls), Nobody Walks centers on Martine (Thirlby), a young New York artist who moves to LA and stays with a local family while completing her art film. What first appears as an idyllic and happy family soon begins to unravel after Martine’s arrival. The trailer does a nice job at building tension and interest while separating itself from similar fare by what looks to be wide-ranging performances from the principal actors. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer and poster for Nobody Walks.