Netflix has been on top of the game since they’ve been born, and will continue to do so given that their scouting reports have done them beautifully.
One of those scouting reports has been Radha Blank’s Sundance premier The 40-Year-Old Version which, in fact, won the Sundance Festival’s Directing Award–U.S. Dramatic just recently.
“It took years of trying to get this film made. It’s my love letter to NY and its struggling artists as well as the NY artistic institutions that raised me – Hip Hop and Theater. I made this film in the spirit of the great NY auteurs who came before me but from an angle not often seen. I’m so very proud of the artisans, many from New York, who helped me craft this movie with such loving and capable hands. As a new member of the Netflix family, I’m excited about the global audience that this film will reach. I hope it will spark the next generation of fearless filmmakers in ANY part of the world. I’m thrilled that this came together with Netflix,” said Blank who proudly served as the writer for the film, as well as having her very first directional with The 40-Year-Old-Version.
There’s a big reason why this won an award, and rightfully so. If you’re excited to know about what it’s about, the Sundance Festival published this for the film on their website.
“Radha, a once-promising playwright, is barreling toward the stigma of being single and a struggling artist at the age of 40. Facing nonstop rejections from the theatre community while teaching a motley group of teens, she becomes creatively re-invigorated when she returns to rapping, her long-forgotten passion. When her play finally gets going, however, she puts recording a rap demo on the back burner and must navigate the awful tension of compromising her voice for career success. In her knockout feature debut, Radha Blank writes, directs, and delivers a devastatingly endearing onscreen performance. The quintessential plight of an artist selling out or being true to oneself has never felt so fresh. Shot on black-and-white film, Blank features New York City and in turn claims it all for her own. Blank’s Radha is a magnetic woman to root for, crackly knees and all. Baring a vulnerability that is inspiring, deliciously funny, and dripping with honesty, this comedic gem represents what 40 really looks like—no less scared, but irresistible and authentic as f*@k.”
Welcome to the land of Netflix, Radha Blanks! We’re all excited to see you soon. 😉