Rhada Blank‘s directorial feature debut The Forty-Year-Old Version made it’s premiere back at Sundance Film Festival. Her film won her the coveted Best Director prize and now it has a new home…Netflix.
Today the streaming giants have released the film’s official Trailer. A fresh New York tale which Blank takes the lead role as a 40 year old playwright looking for her big breakthrough. Has she lost her last chance of fame and decides to re-invent herself as a rapper.
For someone who is in their forties, I have to say my chances disappear as another digit gets added to our age. Sadly employers sometimes more interested in your age rather than, do you have the skills and experience to deliver.
Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater on a quest to find her true voice.
Winner of the Directing Prize at The 2020 Sundance Film Festival, The Forty-Year-Old Version is a hilariously candid and deeply personal debut from writer/director Radha Blank. A fresh addition to the New York City slice-of-life canon shot in lush black and white 35mm, Blank’s film is an ode to the unfulfilled, and those whose adversity gives them a one-of-a-kind story to tell.
The rest of the cast includes Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Imani Lewis, Haskiri Velazquez, Antonio Ortiz, TJ Atoms, Jacob Ming Trent, Stacey Sargeant, William Oliver Watkins, Meghan O’Neill, André Ward, Welker White, with Reed Birney. The film is also produced by Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim).
The Forty-Year-Old Version will be released by Netflix globally on 9th October.