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About as far removed from an easy, passive watching experience as you can get, Matt Sobel’s Take Me To The River is an experience as compelling as it uncomfortable, which speaks to the director’s ability to draw an audience in as co-creators of the excruciating events unfolding on screen. We caught up with Sobel at the London Film Festival to dig into the origins of his inverted coming of age story and discover how he harnessed the celebrity power of Taylor Swift to craft an impressive performance from his young co-star.

Take Me To The River (2015)

A Californian teenager’s plan to come out at his Nebraskan family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his young cousin’s dress makes him the unwitting suspect of abuse.

We knew going in there were going to be people who felt that this film should absolutely never be made. There were people who said that about the script.

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