One of the standouts from last year’s SXSW, the new film “Run This Town” is perhaps most notable, not for its awesome cast or the film’s content, but for the recent deal between film studio Oscilloscope and Twitter. For the first time ever, Twitter will now stream films, and the social media platform is beginning this quest with this new political thriller.
Back in 2018, we were shocked when set pictures dropped of actor Damian Lewis under all sorts of prosthetics to play controversial Canadian political figure Rob Ford. And now, almost two years later, we’re able to see the fruits of that labor in the new film “Run This Town,” which aims to tell the story of Ford’s scandal, but through the point-of-views of both a young journalist and a worker at City Hall.
However, as mentioned, you’ll actually be able to stream “Run This Town” on Twitter in a little more than a month, and that alone makes the film worth checking out (well, in addition to the good reviews the film received coming out of SXSW).
Oscilloscope President Daniel Berger said (via The Wrap), “We are living in a moment where the media and politics have (d)evolved into an amorphous mess of who knows what. ‘Run This Town’ very smartly and creatively thrusts us into this world from the perspective of a millennial generation that will be inheriting it. It’s an acutely realized film that a lot of people can learn a lot from. And we’re psyched to be able to introduce it to audiences with the help and support of Twitter, a company that finds itself very much embedded in this landscape.”
“Run This Town” stars Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Scott Speedman, Jennifer Ehle, and Damian Lewis. The film is written and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Ricky Tollman, making his feature debut with this project.
“Run This Town” is coming to select theaters, VOD, and, of course, Twitter on March 6.
Here’s the synopsis:
A young journalist and a young political aide become entangled in a larger-than-life political scandal as they struggle to navigate adult life. Like all their friends, Bram and Kamal are struggling to climb the ladders at their respective workplaces: Bram at a newspaper, Kamal at City Hall. When Bram learns of a scandal involving Kamal’s larger-than-life boss, he seizes the moment to advance his career. Meanwhile, Kamal grapples with containing the story while maintaining his integrity.