WHO’S IN IT?
Ben Affleck (Argo), Al Madrigal (Night School), Michaela Watkins (Brigsby Bear), Janina Gavankar (Blindspotting), Glynn Turman (Super 8), Brandon Wilson (Set Apart), Charles Lott Jr. (film debut), Will Ropp (The ‘Claw), Hayes MacArthur (Bachelorette), Rachael Carpani (Triangle), Marlene Forte (Knives Out), Lukas Gage (Assassination Nation), Melvin Gregg (High Flying Bird), Chris Bruno (The World’s Fastest Indian), Dan Lauria (Independence Day)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), director, writer, producer; Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace), writer; Gordon Gray (Secretariat), Ravi D. Mehta (Grudge Match) and Jennifer Todd (Memento), producers; Rob Simonsen (Foxcatcher), composer; Eduard Grau (A Single Man), cinematographer; David Rosenbloom (Black Mass), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Jack Cunningham (Affleck), once a high school basketball prodigy with great future prospects, is now drowning in his excessive alcoholism which has cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. Hope comes knocking, however, when he is approached by his former high school to fill the role of their basketball team’s coach, and as he begins pushing his struggling team towards victory Jack begins to finally be able to rebuilt the life he has destroyed – but how long can it last?
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Ben Affleck delivers a truly gut-wrenching performance in director Gavin O’Connor’s sports drama, where the actor undoubtedly takes inspiration from his own recent battles with alcoholism.