The Novice


Sioux Falls State Theatre Fri, Jan 28 7:00 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Sat, Jan 29 8:00 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Sun, Jan 30 7:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2021
Production Country:Canada
Format:4K DCP
Assistive Moviegoing:Closed Captioning
Assistive Listening
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lauren Hadaway
Cast:Isabelle Fuhrman
Amy Forsyth
Jonathan Cherry
Kate Drummond
Screenwriter:Lauren Hadaway
Music By:Alex Weston


Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) plays Alex Dall, a queer college freshman who joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost. Intent on outperforming her teammates, Alex pushes herself to her limits-and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success. Furhman's fierce lead performance collides with Lauren Hadaway's bold direction and dynamic editing, creating a visceral window into a cutthroat world. Stylish cinematography and a seductive soundtrack complete the experience, evoking the romance and danger of falling in love; the attraction, the drama and the fallout. This unapologetic debut from Hadaway, based on her personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, heralds a bold new voice in queer storytelling. If you liked Whiplash, this one's for you.


"A remarkable first feature for writer-director Lauren Hadaway, The Novice paints a
thrilling -- and disturbing -- portrait of obsession.

"A film this raw made with such a steady, assured hand only comes along
once in a while. We should take notice."

"A startling, singular and masterful debut, introducing a daring filmmaker possessed
of an unequivocal mastery of her craft and most important, something to say with it."

"The feature filmmaking debut from writer/director/co-editor Lauren Hadaway is an
intimate and powerful sensory experience all around."

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