The Novice

The Novice

A FILM BY: Lauren Hadaway
STARRING: Isabelle Fuhrmann, Dilone, Amy Forsyth

***Proof of Vaccination Required for Admittance*** 

Presented as part of THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL 

Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) plays Alex Dall, a queer college freshman who joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost. Intent on outperforming her teammates, Alex pushes herself to her limits—and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success. Furhman’s fierce lead performance collides with Lauren Hadaway’s bold direction and dynamic editing, creating a visceral window into a cutthroat world. Stylish cinematography and a seductive soundtrack complete the experience, evoking the romance and danger of falling in love; the attraction, the drama and the fallout. This unapologetic debut from Hadaway, based on her personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, heralds a bold new voice in queer storytelling. If you liked Whiplash, this one’s for you.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2021
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: DCP