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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #33. Duane Hopkins’ Bypass


Director: Duane Hopkins
Writer: Duane Hopkins
Producer: Samm Haillay
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: George MacKay, Donald Sumpter, Felicity Gilbert

Steve McQueen, Ben Wheatley and Andrea Arnold might be leading the charge of new British filmmaker talents and are already well-established internationally with more than three features in, but filmmaker Duane Hopkins (2008’s Better Things) will surely become a household name member of the clique. Hopkins revisits a shipwrecked youth generation featuring George MacKay (who recently shined in another new filmmaking talent in Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril) and Felicity Gilbert (appears in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume I as the dissed secretary). Worth mentioning: Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans also collaborated on the project.

Gist: This shows in graphic detail the life of Tim (MacKay). His habits, his hustle, his family, his responsibilities, his conflicts, his hopes, his fears, his character, his existence. Through this we understand his present, and his past—and we consider his future.

Release Date: Better Things was included way down the Croisette’s Critics’ Week section and his in-between short film project (Cigarette at Night) was an inclusion in the Directors’ Fortnight section. A Directors’ Fortnight or Un Certain Regard berth appears probable with multiple film fest showings to follow.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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