A driven man, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, blurring the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Screenwriter: Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), making his directorial debut.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko) and Renee Russo (Thor, Lethal Weapon 3 & 4)
Released: October 31, 2014 (Open Road Films)
AWARDS: Independent Spirit Awards (Best Screenplay, Best First Feature), Austin Film Critics Association (Best Original Screenplay, Best First Film), Boston Society of Film Critics (Best New Filmmaker), Nevada Film Critics Society (Best Director, Best Screenplay), San Diego Film Critics Society (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay) and dozens more!
NOMINATIONS: Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay), Golden Globes (Best Actor – Drama), BAFTA (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay), Independent Spirit Awards (Best Editing, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male), and many, many more.
Budget: $8.5 million. Domestic gross: $32 million.
Rated R. 117 minutes. 107 pages. Drama, Thriller
BILL BOYLE will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Bill is an award winning screenwriter, UCLA Extension instructor, and has been rated among the top 10% of script analysts and consultants by Creative Screenwriting. His book, The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay, teaches screenwriters how to let the viewer “discover” elements of the story rather than being told. Bill has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor, and mentor. For additional information, visit his website, billboyle.net.