Stephanie Daley - The Movie
16-year-old STEPHANIE DALEY (Amber Tamblyn) is hospitalized unexpectedly during a school fieldtrip while, in a nearby public restroom, a dead newborn is discovered. Faced with charges of murder, Stephanie claims she never knew she was pregnant and that the child was stillborn. Forensic psychologist LYDIE CRANE (Tilda Swinton) is hired to determine the truth behind Stephanies continuing state of denial. Coincidentally, Lydie is herself pregnant and struggles with an impending fear that her marriage and her pregnancy is in jeopardy. Her intuition intensifies with each session with Stephanie and she soon believes that unraveling the teenagers mystery is somehow crucial to her own fate.
Featuring gripping performances by Tilda Swinton and Academy Award-winner Timothy Hutton, STEPHANIE DALEY is anchored by a brave powerhouse performance by Amber Tamblyn. Writer/director Hilary's Brougher's evocative film, winner of Best Screenplay at Sundance Film Festival, weaves two parallel journeys into a sublime masterpiece about the absolute nature of truth.
ABOUT THE FILM
Q&A AMBER TAMBLYN
Why take on this film, this role?
This role for me, was a personal endeavor. It was the first time I had the opportunity to be inside the mind of such a beautiful and fragile character. Stephanie is a wonderful example as a small part of the greater story of humanity- which is the struggle and search for self and life. She is one of my favorite characters to date.
What was the most interesting part of the shoot?
For me personally, every single day I was able to work with Tilda Swinton. I would say that was a defining experience for me.
Most surprising moment or aspect of the film?
I think how wonderfully everyone has responded to the film, since it's debut at Sundance last year. It has grown a strong audience and wonderful supporters. I am not incredibly suprised, as its nature is intended to reach people on a deep level, and I think the film did that quite well.
What about the film or the making of it, will you most remember?
I think, how beautiful the Catskills were, in the Fall. The way the world seemed to be changing, getting a little colder fragile.Somehow mirroring so many things. Representing so very much the language of the film. And my own personal journey. It was really a miraculous project for me, in many rights..
Tilda Swinton (Executive Producer / Lydie Crane) is the Scottish (and Cambridge-educated) actress who began making films with the English director Derek Jarman in 1985 with Caravaggio. She went on to work with him for eight years and seven more films before his death in 1994, including The Last of England, The Garden, War Requiem and Wittgenstein. In 1990, Swinton won the Coppa Volpe at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Jarmans film adaptation of Marlowes Edward II. Two years later, she came to wider international recognition and critical acclaim with her extraordinary portrayal of the androgynous and eternal Orlando, directed by Sally Potter.
Since then, Swintons work has included two films with director Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Conceiving Ada and Teknolust; Susan Streitfelds Female Perversions; Tim Roths The War Zone and Robert Lepages Possible Worlds. In 2000, she starred in The Deep End for directors David Siegel and Scott McGeehee, again winning numerous international awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. In 2005, she co-starred in Spike Jonzes Adaptation, David Mackenzies acclaimed bête noire, Young Adam and Mike Mills Thumbsucker. The same year, Swinton reunited with Keanu Reeves in Constantine; co-starred with Bill Murray in Jim Jarmuschs acclaimed drama, Broken Flowers and starred as the White Witch in the blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Upcoming films for Swinton include director Tony Gilroys Michael Clayton, starring with George Clooney and Tom Wilkinson; David Finchers The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opposite Brad Pitt; Marilyn Mansons Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll; Erick Zonkas Julia; Béla Tarrs That Man from London, and John Mayburys Come Like Shadows.
Amber Tamblyn (Stephanie) An experienced and stunning actor from an early age, Amber Tamblyn's dedication to her craft is shown in plain light with the multifaceted characters she brings to life.
Tamblyn recently starred in Sony Pictures The Grudge 2, which opened the box office at number one. Upcoming films include New Line Cinema's Normal Adolescent Behavior, a dark and funny look at sexual politics among snobby, rich teenagers, and the Warner Bros. comedy Spring Breakdown about a trio of women who venture to a college vacation spot to escape the monotony of working life. She just finished filming the independent thriller Blackout, about a eclectic group of people trapped with a killer in a stalled elevator.
She is best known for two unforgettable seasons as "Joan of Arcadia," the highly lauded CBS family drama that earned her a 2004 Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" as well an "Outstanding Drama Series" nomination for the show. The series' first season earned Tamblyn a 2003 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Dramatic Actress in a Drama Series" and picked up the 2003 People's Choice Award for "Best New Series."
Tamblyn previous theatrical film credits include the Warner Bros. summer hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by writer-director Ken Kwapis. Tamblyn also appeared in the DreamWorks smash pic The Ring,directed by Gore Verbinski. She opens the film with a chilling sequence in which her character is murdered by the ghost of an evil girl.
Tamblyn gained the most notoriety on the small screen with her portrayal of Emily Quartermaine on ABC's "General Hospital." What was originally only going to be a few months work turned into a seven-year stint on the show as she won viewer's hearts, the critics acclaim, and two consecutive Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series. Her stellar work on General Hospital earned her a multitude of roles for television. Tamblyn was in the starring role for the premiere episode of UPN's series, "The Twilight Zone." Other television guest-starring roles included "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Boston Public," "CSI: Miami" and "Without a Trace." She also did a short series film for Showtime called "Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet."
She credits her father, veteran actor Russ Tamblyn, as the guiding light for her continuing success. Tamblyn currently resides in Los Angeles.
Timothy Hutton (Paul) After winning an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Los Angeles Film Critic's award for his performance in Robert Redford's Ordinary People, Hutton went on to star in numerous films, including Taps, Daniel, Falcon & The Snowman, Made in Heaven, Q & A, Generals Daughter, French Kiss, Beautiful Girls, Sunshine State, Kinsey. With Taps, Hutton received his second Golden Globe Award nomination. Hutton was seen in Columbia Pictures' Secret Window, based on the novella by Stephen King. Directed by David Koepp with Johnny Depp and John Turturro also starring. He starred in the Last Holiday opposite Queen Latifah January 2006.
As a member of New York's Circle Repertory Company, Hutton originated the lead role in the Broadway Production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss and starred in Babylon Gardens with Mary Louise Parker. In addition, Hutton appeared in the Los Angeles stage production of The Oldest Living Graduate, opposite Henry Fonda, which was later broadcast live on NBC. Hutton also directed Nicole Burdette's Busted for the New York-based theatre company, Naked Angels.
On television, Hutton produced and starred in Showtime's Mr & Mrs Loving, written and directed by Oscar-nominated Richard Friedenberg (A River Runs Through It), starred as the title character in the acclaimed Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within, also for Showtime, and the docudrama WWIII for the Fox Network. After starring in A&E's highly successful Nero Wolfe: The Golden Spiders, the network went back to Hutton, who agreed to executive produce, direct and star in several additional Nero Wolfe adaptations. These highly acclaimed films premiered in Spring 2001 on A&E, with a repertoire of actors who co-star with Hutton and Maury Chaykin, and ran for two years.
Working behind the camera, Hutton has directed a number of music videos, including Drive by the Cars, Not Enough Love by Don Henley, and the Neil Young Concert Film Freedom, as well as an episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, entitled Grandpa's Ghost, from a story he wrote.
Hutton's feature film directorial debut, Digging to China, premiered at the '98 Sundance Film Festival to standing ovations. This off-beat coming-of-age story starred Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson, and introduced 10-year old Evan Rachel Wood; the film was in limited release in fall '98.
Most recently, Hutton starred in the NBC show Kidnapped. His current and upcoming film roles include: Robert DeNiros The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, Off the Black with Nick Nolte, Lymelife with Alec Baldwin, New Line Cinemas The Last Mimzy, When a Man Falls in the Forest with Sharon Stone.
Melissa Leo (Miri) Audiences worldwide took notice of Melissa Leo for her fine portrayal of Rachel in Tommy Lee Jones directorial debut The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which won numerous awards in 2005 at Cannes, and other film festivals. Recently completed shooting are Stephanies Image, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, co-starring Lucas Black. Films due out for release soon are I Believe in America, Wim Wenders production The House is Burning, Black Irish, co-starring Brendan Gleeson and Mr. Woodcock, co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon. Also, the political thriller Confess, and Henry Jagloms Hollywood Dreams. Among Leos many other film credits are: Patch, Runaway, Hide and Seek, and Barry Strugatz s From Other Worlds. In one of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritus first American dramas 21 Grams, Melissa portrayed Marianne Jordan, Benicio Del Toros suffering, yet supportive wife to much critical acclaim.
Leo is best remembered for her starring role as Detective Kay Howard on the award-winning NBC series Homicide: Life On The Street. She reprised the role in the TV Movie Homicide: The Movie. She was nominated for a daytime Emmy Award as Linda Warner on ABCs All My Children. She can soon be seen in the upcoming TV movie American Gun, co-starring Marcia Gay Harden.
In 2005 Melissa shined as Sophie in her debut at The Vineyard Theatre in The Argument, co-starring Jay OSanders. In Neil LaButes play The Distance From Here, the ensemble cast directed by Michael Grief won the Drama Desk Award in 2003-2004. She performed in the New York City production of Eve Enslers The Vagina Monologues, as well as with the national tour. She also created the role of Gloria in the world premiere staging of Tennessee Williams Will Mr. Meriwether Return From Memphis?
Dennis OHare (Frank) won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Lead Actor in a Musical and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in Sweet Charity. Previously, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Roundabout's revival of Assassins and won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award for Take Me Out. His other Broadway appearances include the revivals of Major Barbara and Cabaret, both for the Roundabout and the Lincoln Center production of Racing Demon.
Off-Broadway, O'Hare received the Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Take Me Out. His other Off-Broadway credits include Vienna Lustahaus Revisited (NYTW), Helen (NYSF), 10 Unknowns (LCT), The Devils (NYTW), Silence, Cunning, Exile, Wyzeck (NYSF), The Arabian Nights (MTC), Lonely Planet (Circle Rep), and Hauptmann, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. Regionally, he has been seen in Macbeth (Hartford Stage), Romeo & Juliet (Center Stage), Revelers, The Clearing (NYS&F), Wonderful Tennessee (McCarter), Paddywack (Long Wharf), Waiting for Godot, Dancing at Lughnasa (Goodman/Arena Stage), Haputmann (Jeff Award), Voice of the Prairie (Wisdom Bridge - Jeff Award), The Iceman Cometh (Goodman), Caucasian Chalk Circle and That the Butler Saw(Court). London appearances include Never the Sinner (Playhouse) and Take Me Out (Donmar Warehouse). On television, in addition to numerous episodic appearances, O'Hare has been seen in the remake of Once Upon a Mattressfor Disney and in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie St. Maybe. O'Hare's film roles include Derailed, Heights, 21 Grams, Garden State, The Anniversary Party, Hamlet, and Sweet & Lowdown. He will be seen in the forthcoming films Angel, Rocket Science, Awake and Michael Clayton.
Jim Gaffigan (Joe) has appeared in more than two dozen feature films ranging from big budget hits (Three Kings, Road Trip) to Indies (Final, Igby Goes Down, Entropy). Recent films include The Great New Wonderful, starring with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, and Tony Shalhoub, The Living Wake and M. Night Shyamalans, Lady in the Water.
On the small screen, Jim created his own sitcom for CBS entitled Welcome to New York, co-starred with Ellen DeGeneres on her CBS sitcom The Ellen Show, and has had recurring roles both on FOX's That 70s Show and NBC's Ed. Jim is currently working on the TNT pilot, Talk to Me.
A successful comedian, Gaffigan starred in his own hour comedy special, Beyond the Pale, on Comedy Central. His cutting edge, clever, quiet style has earned him an unprecedented number of appearances on both CBS Late Show With David Letterman and NBCs Late Night With Conan OBrien.
Halley Feiffer (Rhana) recently appeared in Noah Baumbachs critically acclaimed film The Squid and the Whale, and Kenneth Lonergans You Can Count on Me.
Hilary Brougher grew up in Upstate New York (not far from where Stephanie Daley was filmed) and started making Super-8 movies at age 14. She studied film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and after graduating, worked in film production in NY for several years. In 1997 Hilary wrote and directed her first feature The Sticky Fingers of Time, produced by Good Machine. The film premiered at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival, and went on to the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival, as well as many others, and was released in 1997.
Her second feature Stephanie Daley was developed through the Sundance Institute Writers and Filmmakers Labs. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in 2006 where it won the Waldo Salt Award for Screenwriting. Hilary was also named one of Varietys `10 Directors to Watch in 2006.
Hilary currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City.
Sean Costello (Producer) is an established executive with a strong background in finance and strategic development. Costello worked as a producer on a number of short films, including Letter from Home and Brother, for the critically acclaimed Playhouse West. Costello has also spent a significant period of time working as a Strategy Consultant to many of the nations largest entertainment companies, such as Vivendi/ Universal and Walt Disney Studios.
Lynette Howell (Producer) was born and raised in Liverpool, England. In 2001 Howell moved to Los Angeles to head the theatrical division of production company East of Doheny, where she was involved in such West End and Broadway projects as The Full Monty, The Sweet Smell of Success and Big River. She also helped create the Los Angeles childrens theatre company The Pickering Street Players.
In 2004 Howell left East of Doheny to found Silverwood Films with entrepreneur Doug Dey. Howell produced the feature film Half Nelson by filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, starring Ryan Gosling. Silverwood Films will also be producing the much-anticipated Broadway musical The First Wives Club based on the award winning book and movie.
Samara Koffler (Producer) Before founding RedBone Films, Ms. Koffler ran Harrison Fords production company for eight years; managing his development slate, as well as serving as a liaison to all press relations, media requests, agents, managers, directors and producers.
During her time with Mr. Ford, Koffler Associated Produced K 19: The Widow Maker, as well as working on the following productions: Six Days, Seven Nights directed by Ivan Reitman starring Anne Heche; What Lies Beneath directed by Robert Zemeckis starring Michelle Pfeiffer; Random Hearts directed by Sydney Pollack starring Kristin Scott Thomas; Air Force One directed by Wolfgang Peterson starring Gary Oldman and Glenn Close; Devils Own directed by Alan Pakula starring Brad Pitt.
Jen Roskind (Producer) has worked in film and television for over 11 years. Before founding RedBone Films, Roskind Associate Produced Glenn Gordon Carons (creator of Medium and Moonlighting) CBS TV show Fling, Co-Produced the documentary Sunday Driver for Rockstar Games and Production Managed David Finchers Panic Room.
Roskind has also worked in production on the following films: Sydney Pollacks Random Hearts starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas; Betty Thomas 28 Days starring Sandra Bullock; Martin Brests Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins; Woody Allens Sweet And Low Down starring Sean Penn; Sam Weismans The Out Of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn; Griffin Dunnes Addicted To Love starring Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan; and Betty Thomas Private Parts starring Howard Stern.
Doug Dey (Executive Producer) is a New York Native who attended the New York School of Music before going on to found many diverse and highly successful businesses. A lifelong patron and participant in the arts, he founded Silverwood Films in 2004 with Lynette Howell, as a means to produce high-quality film and stage productions which maintain the artistic integrity of the works.
Dey has executive produced the hit film Half Nelson directed by Ryan Fleck and starring Ryan Gosling. Stephanie Daley is his second movie as Executive Producer. Dey is also producing the Broadway version of the hit movie The First Wives Club.
NEWS & REVIEWS
Best Director - Milan International Film Festival 2007 - Hilary Brougher
Best Screenplay - Sundance 2006 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award - Hilary Brougher
Best Director - Jackson Hole Film Festival 2006 - Hilary Brougher
Best Actress - Locarno International Film Festival 2006 Leopard Award - Amber Tamblyn
Best Supporting Actress - Independent Spirit Award Nominee Amber Tamblyn
Best Cinematography - Woodstock Film Festival Haskel Wexler award to David Morrison
The relationship that emerges between the two (characters) in their parallel lives makes for AN INTERESTING, GRIPPING AND, ULTIMATELY, DEVASTATING STORY. The REVELATION in this movie is Amber Tamblyn who gives the role an EXTRAORDINARY POWER AND DIMENSION."
A.O. Scott, New York Times
IF AMERICA STILL HAS A HEART BEATING--THEN SURELY IT WILL POUND FOR 'STEPHANIE DALEY.' Amber Tamblyn delivers a POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE THAT CROWNS HER IN HER GENERATION OF ACTRESSES. Tilda Swinton is a REVOLUTIONARY on screen. Timothy Hutton is EXTRAORDINARY.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Amber Tamblyn and Tilda Swinton will take your breath away in Hilary Broughers "Stephanie Daley," a gripping film about two souls torn apart by the events of the past. Tamblyn is sensational as the title character. Cinematic greatness.
Chelsea Bain, Boston Herald
"Stephanie Daley" announces (Amber Tamblyn's) a young actress to watch. And if she keeps playing with moviemakers like this, we'll eventually be watching her collect an Oscar.
Ms. Brougher creates a remarkably intimate portrait of vivid personalities, solitary souls, ambiguous relationships, troubled marriages and small-town America. "Stephanie Daley" is beautifully made. Ms. Tamblyn, best known until now for her work on the TV series "Joan of Arcadia," is simply breathtaking, and heartbreaking, as a girl-child estranged from her pregnant self.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
This delicate and involving character study is defined by the EXCELLENT acting from Amber Tamblyn.
To see Tamblyn's work here, to see her character almost simultaneously embody pain, terror, anguish, embarrassment, regret and just about any emotion you can think of, is to watch the kind of acting the medium exists to provide.
Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Tamblyn, Swinton bring grace, strength to `Stephanie Daley. 'Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn register sheer marvels of screen acting, and writer-director Hilary Brougher knows just how to film their every elusive, empathetic and anxious expression. There's a warm grace to Swinton's performance that's new to the usually severe Scottish actress' body of work, and Lydie's angst and peculiar epiphanies are all the more affecting for it.There is great mystery and tension throughout "Stephanie Daley," yet we still come away understanding the characters in a bone-deep way.
Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
Hilary Brougher's "Stephanie Daley" is a major American film announcing the arrival of an independent director who deserves all the hype.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
GRIPPING. Knockout lead performances by Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn.
[Tamblyn] is a quiet revelation in a role that is like a high-wire act performed over the chasm between childhood innocence and adult responsibility.
Scott Foundas, Daily Variety
What is most riveting is the relationship between Stephanie and Lydie. Tamblyn is extraordinary in her quietly fragile performance. Swinton, one of the best actresses working today, is complex, intelligent and low-key.
A crystal sharp pairing of highly-tuned actresses delving into an unthinkable, ripped-from-the-headlines act."
Thelma Adams, Film & DVD Critic, Us Weekly
A potent, provocative drama with exceptional performances.
Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight.
THE BEST FILM OF 2007.
The real star is director Hilary Brougher. It takes real bravery to make a film like this. This film is that good.
AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
SPELLBINDING. DEEPLY AFFECTING.A remarkably intimate portrait of vivid personalities, solitary souls, ambiguous relationships, troubled marriages. Stephanie Daley is beautifully made. Amber Tamblyn (is) simply breathtaking, and heartbreaking.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Film Critic, on KCRW
Swinton and Tamblyn give solid performances, never showy or sentimental but honest to their characters' fragility. The moment of truth for both, when Stephanie reveals her memory of what happened in that toilet stall, is one that causes each woman accepts her individual responsibility. Hutton brings a sense of ambivalence and vulnerability to Paul without making him a cad.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
The performances - by Swinton and Tamblyn, but also by Timothy Hutton as the therapist's architect husband - take you right inside the characters' stressed hearts and minds. This is first-rate stuff.
Jack Mathews, NY Daily News
It's a startlingly assured portrayal of a heartbreakingly insecure young girl who, though accused of an awful act, seems far more acted upon by everyone around her.
Gene Seymour, Newsday
"TERRIFIC performances by Amber Tamblyn and Tilda Swinton."
David Ansen, Newsweek
Stephanie Daley stands out for Amber Tamblyn's unbelievable performance in the title role. From the happy, innocent good-girl before the incident to the intense birth scene to the sullen, angry teenager after, Tamblyn is nothing short of amazing. She's one to keep an eye on.
Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel
Director Hilary Brougher wins big points for having the guts to make "Stephanie Daley." Tilda Swinton [is] an actress of almost preternatural resources. The psychological shadings are complex and often troubling but also drawn with an extremely subtle touch. Ms. Swinton, whose lanky elegance is matched by the seismographic sensitivity of her face, inhabits her character's thoughts so richly that they can be read without dialogue or much action. The climactic flashback is jarring, yet rendered with skillful narrative choices that take us inside Stephanie's psyche rather than merely illustrate her predicament. It's a great performance, and a film whose ultimate spirit of compassion will stay with audiences for some time.
Steve Dollar, The New York Sun
Amber Tamblyn delivers a revelatory performance. [in] a bold, if deeply disquieting, depiction of pregnancy that dares question our culture's insistent myths about motherhood. Tamblyn's portrayal of Stephanie Daley is softly devastating
"Performances of REMARKABLE depth [by] Amber Tamblyn and Tilda Swinton."
Howard Karren, Premiere Magazine
Hilary Brougher's second feature is all movie, but more intriguing is how it tells a distinctly (sometimes wrenching) feminine tale without making it only relative to Oprah watchers and talk-show bingers. Simply by casting the spooky, wonderfully matched Swinton and Tamblyn, both excellent, the movie is already allowed a higher ground, as both actresses' natural charisma lies in their unpredictable natures.
Jason Clark, Slant Magazine
There's a rawness to Stephanie Daley that we rarely see in American film it paints slick composition and beautiful, bleeding color on the kind of story about sex and faith that no one has told well since before Lars Von Trier decided to tackle American imperialism with Brechtian critique.
Karina Longworth, Cinematical.com
Stephanie Daley is part mystery, part psychological drama, and, towards the end, a harrowing thriller of unexpected intensity... complex, ingenious and intelligently woven. Of all the images that remain from the film, it is the solitary anguish of Stephanie, her hand over her face to muffle a scream, that will haunt you for days afterwards.
Chris Docker, Eye For Film
Hillary Brougher refrains from sensationalizing and instead paints a devastatingly realistic portrayal of a potentially monstrous act... invoking a topic highly publicized by the media, yet rarely explored with such depth and sensitivity.
Kaylee Hultgren, venuszine
Swinton is quite possibly the most interesting actress in movies right now.... Tamblyn will be remembered for being as unnerving as a person can be without shouting you into a stupor. She chills you quietly.
Dave White, Movies.com
This lacerating drama from writer-director Hilary Brougher shines a piercing light onto some of the hidden terrors of women.
Owen Gleiberman, EW.com
ARRESTING - The questions that Brougher raises, unobtrusively, about our stance on faith, pregnancy, sex education, relationships, and denial, paired with the salient performances of Swinton and Tamblyn result in a film that is not only unforgettable, but truly important.
Mollory Rice, Nylon Magazine
The movie has a depth that will stir the consciousness of audiences. It is a deeply dramatic film that delves into this disturbing subject with wonderful performances and a gripping script.
Francine Brokaw, MovieWeb
A tight, suspenseful drama, beautifully constructed, Grade A-
Mike Buzzelli, Campus Circle
"Stephanie Daley" transcends...Tamblyn was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in the film and, thankfully, several months later, it's a performance the public can finally witness. The film's real big discovery, though, is Brougher, whose heartfelt, novelistic storytelling style is a fresh, welcome addition.
Aaron Fullerton, Daily Trojan
Veteran thespian Tilda Swinton and up-and-coming young actress Amber Tamblyn turn in a couple of gut-wrenching performances in Stephanie Daley, an intriguing and difficult take on the gamut of emotions involved in the extremely personal experience of pregnancy. As seeming foils that actually parallel each other in agonizing ways, Swinton and Tamblyn solidly anchor Stephanie Daley from its complex beginning to end. Similar to her turn in last years Thumbsucker, Swinton is at once understated and powerful as a woman coming to terms with her unfulfilled needs. Tamblyn, meanwhile, plays her role with such conviction and force that her performance has a visceral effect on audiences.
Francesca Dinglasan, Boxoffice Magazine
Amber Tamblyn gives a quietly wrenching performance... a penetrating, stunningly unaffected performance that should be remembered, come award season.
Tim Knight, Reel.com
Strong performances and rich characters make Broughter's second feature film a gem.
A quiet yet mysterious tale that doesn't give easy answers to its difficult questions, but still manages to be completely satisfying on its road to discovery.
Capone, Ain't it Cool News
Summer, 1996. First thoughts.
I am very intrigued by the challenge of a story about characters that live one reality to the world, and another inside and how to communicate that duality. Feels like this is a worthwhile movie to make.
January, 2001 Hilary attends the Sundance Writers Lab for 5 days in Utah.
After the lab, we all go home and work through ALL the notes.
June, 2001 Hilary attends the Sundance directing lab for 4 weeks.
HB: Tilda is gracious and deeply intelligent. She is also the mother of twins older than my own. I ask advice.
HB: Im immediately struck by 1) yes she looks young enough! 2) Amber is funny, grounded and very, very brave. A 21 yr old girl who writes poetry as fierce as hers can do this...Amber says yes!
HB: I was born in Catskill and know the mountains from growing up quite near and hiking as a teenager. I am excited about working in a place that I have history, yet where theres a lot of room left for discovery. I love the Catskills and the idea of filming in them.
HB: I am helping my mother at her house in Upstate NY. Its good to be in the country. The phone is quiet, and Im very aware well soon be out of time in terms of actor availability, and that if things dont come together now, they may never do so. I make my peace with that possibility. Then the call comes. Were on. The final piece of the puzzle!
HB: I am introduced to an amazing pool of NY actors and crew. The work is largely logistical but many key creative decisions are made in this time... The discussions we have about hiring crew are aesthetic decisions in themselves. During auditions, I see the script on its feet... and characters literally take shape as Costume Designers Kurt and Bart begin fitting cast and making pregnancy prosthetics!
August, 2005 The office transitions to Tannersville, NY.
September 7, 2005 First day of principal photography.
Sept. 28, 2005
October 6, 2005
October November, 2005
December 1, 2005
December 2,3,4 .Winter Photography Catskill & Hunter, NY.
December 5-15, 2005
December 28, 2005
Thanks to a grant through the Sundance Institute, we will have a HD to 35mm blow-up from PAC Title in Los Angeles. We see test footage. It looks wonderful.
Jan 6-12, 2005
Samara Koffler, Tom Paul and Hilary mix for four days on nine hours sleep at Tom Pauls cottage an hour north of NY. We bond. We hallucinate, then return to the City do the mix master.
January 13, 2005
January 18, 2006
HB: This is the first time I will see the print and it will be in the company of the audience... The producers, and much of the cast and crew are here. I am keenly aware that soon team Steph Daleys work is largely (not entirely) done... and Ill miss working with everyone terribly because they have become like family... so we focus on being together one last time, and its beautiful.