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Afterschool

Synopsis
Feature film. Robert (Miller) is a sensitive young boy finding it difficult to fit in at his elite East Coast preparatory school. He attends sessions with the school counsellor, takes his medication, and spends a lot of time in front of a computer screen, watching images of sex and violence. Robert’s friend roommate Dave (White) is dealing drugs. Robert plucks up the courage to get closer to attractive Amy (Timlin). Paired to make a video project together until a tragedy occurs that affects the whole of the school, and has consequences for Robert in particular. At one point there is a scene in a classroom where Hamlet is being discussed (Act II ii ‘Now I am alone...' ) during which the audience is made to look through the hero’s eyes, staring lasciviously at the teacher. She either appears reduced by close-ups to bits of sexualised body or, if in long shot, out of focus. The question of the re-enactment of crime ties in with the ‘memorial video’ that the hero makes in memory of the two dead girls.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2008
Duration
122 mins
Availability
No distributor found (10/2008).

Credits

Director
Antonio Campos
Producer
Josh Mond; Sean Durkin
Cinematographer
Jody Lee Lipes
Screenplay
Antonio Campos
Music
Rakotondrabe Gael
Production Design
Kris Moran
Costume
Catherine Akana
Cast
Addison TimlinAmy
Ezra MillerRobert
Jeremy White (2)Dave
Rosemarie DeWittTeacher

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Shown at the Cannes and London Film Festivals in 2008.

Production Company

Name

Borderline Films

Name

Hidden St Productions

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