Filmfest 2017

After his mother dies of an overdose, 17-year-old Joshua has to go to live with his relatives in California, only to find out they're a crime family headed by matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody (Ellen Barkin), who runs an empire of drugs and violence with her right-hand man "Baz" (Scott Speedman). Based on the hit thriller by exec producer David Michôd, which showrunner Jonathan Lisco transplanted from Oz to Cali. In the role of "Smurf", which earned Jackie Weaver an Oscar nom in the Australian original 2011, Ellen Barkin (DINER, DOWN BY LAW) pulls out all the stops. Currently airing on TNT. We present Eps. 2 as a German premiere.

Admission is free. Please be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time online or at the Box Office.

In cooperation with Seriencamp München

tags: Family, Violence, Series, Feature film

Cast: Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Jake Weary, Finn Cole


Screenplay: Jonathan Lisco

Original Material: David Michôd

Director of Photography: Daniel Moder, Loren S. Yaconelli

Film Editor: Jeffrey M. Werner, Mark Hartzell

Composer: Samuel Jones, Alexis Marsh

Production Designer: Nina Ruscio

Costume Design: Lyn Paolo

Producer: John Wells, Jonathan Lisco, Christopher Chulack, Etan Frankel, David Michôd, Liz Watts

Production Company: John Wells Productions

Co-Production Company: Warner Horizon Television

World Sales: Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH

Director: John Wells


John Wells (director; first photo) was born in 1956 in Alexandria, VA, earning his B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh 1979 and M.A. in Film from USC. He produced Emmy-winning TV series EMERGENCY ROOM and THE WEST WING. His current slate includes SHAMELESS and TNT series ANIMAL KINGDOM. He directed feature film COMPANY MEN (2010), followed by AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2013) and BURNT (2015).

Jonathan Lisco (showrunner; second photo) has worked as ad copy writer, VP of a telco in China, attorney in New York, language teacher and waiter before becoming a screenwriter. He wrote for the stage and for Robert de Niro's Tribeca Films before writing Emmy-winning series NYPD BLUE as well as THE DISTRICT, JACK & BOBBY and SOUTHLAND. He was showrunner on HALT AND CATCH FIRE, now in its third season.