Becks * 2/9/18 (Theatres & VOD) * Unrated, probably R * 90 Minutes
Becks is an indie film based on the real life experiences of singer-songwriter Alyssa Robbins, who also wrote most of the songs for the film. It’s about a struggling singer in NYC who moves back to St Louis when her girlfriend leaves her to move to California. She moves in with her mother, a former nun, and starts singing at a local bar. She meets and becomes closer to a married woman, Elyse.
The lead character, Becks, is played by the fabulous Lena Hall, who won a Tony for her portrayal of Yitzhak in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and who played Hedwig herself briefly during the opening stops of the national tour. Becks’ mother, the former nun who tries to be supportive of her daughter, is played by Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress Christine Lahti. Elyse is played by Mena Suvari (Six Feet Under). Hayley Kiyoko, quadruple threat and all-around force of nature, plays Lucy, Becks’ soon to be ex-girlfriend.
This movie is worth seeing for the exciting female cast alone, but there were also women behind the cameras. Lena Hall gave an amazing, in depth interview to afterellen.com that mentions the largely female crew. From The Hollywood Reporter review:
Directors: Liz Rohrbaugh, Daniel Powell
Screenwriters: Liz Rohrbaugh, Daniel Powell, Rebecca Drysdale
Producers: Alex Bach, Liz Rohrbaugh, Daniel Powell
Director of photography: Kat Westergaard
Production designer: Kirsten Earl
Costume designer: Cristina Spiridakis
Editor: Jim Isler
Music: Alyssa Robbins, Steve Salett
Out of 14 names on this list, half are female, which is practically unheard of in Hollywood, especially since the women aren’t just writers or producers. That’s worth supporting, even celebrating.
So far, Becks has favorable reviews, with 5/6 fresh tomatoes on RottenTomatoes.com. It’s unrated, with a release date of February 9th, 2018 for theatres and VOD.
I’ve collected some videos and photos from the film. I’ll try to update this post if more videos show up.
Becks Photo Slideshow:
Becks Exclusive Clip from afterellen.com:
Lena Hall Talks About Becks (with film clips):