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The Assistant

1h 27m Drama 2020

Follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant - making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages.. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colours every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.

What the critics say….

“Julia Garner gives a suitably measured performance as a young assistant working for a high-powered (and unseen) producer, and although the film addresses #MeToo, it’s also a thoughtful study of power and complicity, as well as what people will do to get ahead in a cut-throat industry. - Tim Griersom, Screen Daily

“This is a film of quiet, cumulative power, which has much to say about serial sexual predators in the Harvey Weinstein mould, and how they get away with it. Or did. - Deborah Ross, The Spectator

This is a claustrophobic, intimately unsettling movie about the young female assistant to an arrogant, abusive New York-based film mogul… Julia Garner is excellent as Jane, a young woman who has swallowed and internalised all the stress and humiliation of this job – a supposedly prestigious post that she landed shortly after graduating. She instinctively knows that silence and submission is the way to survive, and is on the way to normalising a corporate self-hate - Peter Brahshaw, The Guardian


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