One To Watch: Imogene

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Remember the 2011 hit comedy Bridesmaids? Which was not only a box office hit (the film grossed $287,692,941.) but a film which received rave reviews from critics across the globe.  Joe Morgenstern from The Wall Street Journal said:

 

“Through it all — the free-form conversations, the brilliant set pieces, the preposterous gross-outs, the flawless performances — Kristen Wiig’s forlorn maid of honor, Annie, seeks her own destiny with a wrenchingly cockeyed passion.”
Well, after Kristen Wiig’s success from Bridesmaids, she decided to depart from her long time run on the acclaimed comedy series, Saturday Night Live. She won’t be out of work though, with no less than four films in the pipeline. The Rabbit Film has learnt that her next film will be Imogene (pictured above) which is to be premiered at The Toronto Film Festival. The organisation has released some pictures. Clearly, Imogene is miles away from her kooky character Annie Walker in Bridesmaids.
The film follows  “a washed-up playwright who, after faking her own suicide as a ploy to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention, winds up remanded to the custody of her wackily dysfunctional family.”  Fellow co hort and SNL writer Michelle Morgan wrote the script and it is a film that Wiig has been championing for several years, finally being able to get the film into production after the success of last year’s smash hit Bridesmaids. 
 The film also stars Glee’s Darren Criss, Annentte Benning and Matt Dillon. Directed by Robert Pulcini (The Extra Man) and Shari Springer Berman. 
In a film which promises to be funny, but dark. And which stars Wiig, in a difficult role, one can only hope that her experience on SNL, her determination and her ability to carry the film. Will carry Imogene in the Toronto Film Festival.
The Tornoto Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16 and promises to host the newest films, films which challenge the audience, films which pull on our heart strings. Independent films, British actors, American actors, all united, all championing film.
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