Anna Kendrick’s true-crime thriller Woman of the Hour gets its World Premiere today at TIFF: Toronto International Film Festival.
**Anna Kendrick did not attend the World Premiere because independent studio AGC opted not to sign a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement, which would have allowed her to promote her movie but prohibited its sale to one of the struck studios/streamers.
Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut examines uncomfortable gender dynamics with the stranger-than-fiction story of Rodney Alcala’s appearance on The Dating Game in the middle of his 1970s murder spree.
Based on the stranger-than-fiction true story of Cheryl Bradshaw (Anna Kendrick), who was a bachelorette on the hit 70s TV matchmaking show The Dating Game and chose handsome and funny bachelor number one, Rodney Alcala (Daniel Zovatto). But behind Alcala’s charming façade was a deadly secret: he was a psychopathic serial killer.
Anna Kendrick produced, directed and starred in Woman of the Hour, which filmed in Vancouver last Fall.
I’ve loved this script from the moment I read it. And while I was obviously thrilled to be playing the character of Sheryl, I felt so connected to the story, the tone, and the themes around gender and intimacy, that when the opportunity came up to direct the film, I jumped at it. It feels meant to be. — Anna Kendrick.
Woman of the Hour:
Working titles: Rodney & Cheryl / The Dating Game.
Vancouver illming dates: October 31 2022 – November 24 2022.
Director: Anna Kendrick.
Writer. Ian MacAllister.
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Zovatto, Denis O’Hare, Kathryn Gallaghe, Nicolette Robinson, Kelley Jakle, Autumn Best.
Daniel Zovatto is good at playing creepy, like his cult leader The Prophet in HBO Max’s Station 11 filmed in Toronto.
Producers: AGC Studios, BoulderLight, Vertigo, Anna Kendrick’s Let’s Go Again.