'Fish Tank' Director Andrea Arnold Developing 'American Honey' Film
This is one of those projects where it's likely we'll never hear about this again until it premieres at a film festival a few years from now. Which is fine with me, but I'm happy to report on the details now, as it's a project that I'm already looking forward to seeing. Variety reports that British filmmaker Andrea Arnold is developing her latest project, a film titled American Honey, which will be looking for financing in the Cannes Film Festival market this month. Arnold is the acclaimed filmmaker behind Red Road (2006) and the Michael Fassbender breakout Fish Tank, which played at Cannes in 2009. American Honey will be her first foray into US-based filmmaking, as the story (written by Arnold) is set in the US about a runaway teen.
American Honey, from a screenplay by Andrea Arnold, was first developed at Film4 in the UK, who is still backing it. Early on, the project was titled Mag Crew and was "inspired by teenage magazine sales crews." The new synopsis explains that it's about a runaway teenage girl selling magazine subscriptions around the U.S., who gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love. Despite that pitch sounding like another fun take on American teens like Coppola's The Bling Ring, Arnold's films are much grittier and honest. SlashFilm also points out this NY Times article about "mag crews", who work "three to a room in cheap motels, lowest seller on the floor, they survived some days on less than $10 in food money…"
This will be Andrea Arnold's first feature to shoot in the US, outside of the UK. Her past films include Red Road and Fish Tank, in addition to her Academy Award winning short film Wasp. I am personally a big fan of Fish Tank, a coming-of-age UK drama starring Michael Fassbender, but didn't like Red Road at all. That said, I still recognize how talented a storyteller she is and I'm looking forward to seeing how this next film turns out. American Honey is produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor. Also producing are Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa from Pulse Films, alongside Pouya Shahbazian of Man Down Pictures.