The Novice

Lauren Hadaway, USA 2021, 97’
Polish premiere
Potato Dreams of America

A freshman in college, Alex wants to become a university rowing team champ. But that means long, exhausting training, the inability to socialize, and giving 110% at every turn. The Novice is a moving picture of an individual's struggle against her own weaknesses, in which ambition is the driving force. It has a stuffy, sticky and addictive atmosphere, reminiscent of devices employed by Darren Arronofsky in Black Swan and The Wrestler. Dynamic editing and outstanding camera work with engaging close-ups make audiences not merely sympathize with Alex's pain, but also, like her, find themselves breathless. The director used her skills as an editor and sound engineer to create a fully engaging audiovisual experience that literally draws viewers into the action. The film’s style and the electrifying role by Isabelle Fuhrman secured the film a triple victory at this year's Tribeca Festival.

Michał Kaczoń


Tribeca FF 2021 - Best Film, Actress, Cinematography

Lauren Hadaway

Lauren Hadaway started her career as an editor and sound engineer. Then she took up the so-called ADR, i.e., sound correction of dialogues in increasingly higher-budget films. In recent years, she has collaborated with Damien Chazell, Zack Snyder, James Wan and Quentin Tarantino. In 2017, she made the short film Row, which became the inspiration for the feature-length The Novice.


2017 Row (short)

2021 Nowicjuszka / The Novice

Cast & Crew

director Lauren Hadaway
screenplay Lauren Hadaway
cinematography Todd Martin
editing Lauren Hadaway, Nathan Nugent
music Alex Weston
cast Isabelle Fuhrman, Amy Forsyth, Dilone, Jonathan Cherry, Kate Drummond, Charlotte Ubben
producer Ryan Hawkins, Keri Hollend, Steven Sims, Zack Zucker
production Picture Movers Anonymous, H2L Media Group, Exit Strategy Productions
sales Bellevue Productions
language English
coloration colour
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