Announced on January 9, 2020
Based on nearly a 100 interviews from former assistants of top executives at MIRAMAX, The Weinstein Company, Time Warner Company as well as other industries, THE ASSISTANT is a searing account of how those closest to power are the most vulnerable and abused. Starring Julia Garner of Netflix’s Ozark (2019 Emmy winner) and The Americans, the film portrays a recent college graduate “Jane” as an assistant to a powerful – and feared – film executive. She viscerally feels the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position and those around her. Meticulously researched, the film is written and directed by Kitty Green, Director of the documentaries Casting JonBenet and Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.
“The Assistant” 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’s – making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors 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.
Official Website: www.AssistantMovie.com
Written & Directed by Kitty Green
Running Time: 87 minutes
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Gender discrimination, the abuse of power, and inequity are sadly not unique to any aspect of society. By showing what the daily experience is like, THE ASSISTANT can be a vehicle to show such staff that their experience isn’t unique as well as to create empathy and support from people in positions of power and influence, such as executives, human resource directors, labor policymakers, journalists, and more. In addition to a broad section of national women’s groups, the New York Women’s Foundation is a key partner receiving a portion of the proceeds to protect women across sectors from this type of abuse.
For more resources to delve deeper into the issues of workplace discrimination and abuse of power, please visit the film’s partner The New York Women’s Foundation – www.nywf.org/theassistant
THE ASSISTANT premieres on January 31 and will be released nation-wide in early February.