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The Novice directed by Lauren Hadaway
The Novice directed by Lauren Hadaway

IFC Films will release Lauren Hadaway’s award winning thriller The Novice which had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and won the “Best Actress” Award for its lead, Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), and “Best Cinematography”, as well as the top prize of “Best U.S. Narrative Feature”.

The Novice, also starring Amy Forsyth, Dilone, Kate Drummond, Jonathan Cherry, and Charlotte Ubben will open in theaters on December 17th, 2021.

In The Novice, queer college freshman Alex Dall (Fuhrman) joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat.

Hadaway’s bold debut feature is based on personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, and has been hailed as unapologetic and raw, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on young women in America and the psychologically damaging effects of a culture that encourages the pursuit of being ‘the best’ no matter the cost.

Director Hadaway added, “I have visceral memories of being a 16-year-old wannabe filmmaker in small town Texas and watching IFC – it was my only way to see independent films that I couldn’t find at the local video store or movie theater. 15 years later, I’m proud to say that my first film is a part of the IFC family.”

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