EL­IZA HITTMAN

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THE DI­REC­TOR WHO

STOLE SUN­DANCE

‘It’s a com­ing of age film and it’s not a com­ing of age film. It’s a com­ing out film and it’s not a com­ing out film,’ says di­rec­tor El­iza Hittman. She may sound non­com­mit­tal, but Beach Rats, her third film, and one that’s won her nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing the Di­rect­ing Award at this year’s Sun­dance Fes­ti­val, is any­thing but. Cen­tred around a dis­af­fected young man (played by new­comer Har­ris Dick­in­son), this stark drama cap­tures the un­com­fort­able re­al­ity of be­ing a teenager nav­i­gat­ing lust and loss in El­iza’s na­tive Brook­lyn. ‘A “beach rat” is a kid from the Ger­rit­sen Beach neigh­bour­hood,’ she says – and it’s on the beach where the film cul­mi­nates in a har­row­ing scene, a cliff-hanger where the pro­tag­o­nist’s life changes for­ever. ‘I al­ways feel like films shouldn’t end,’ ex­plains El­iza. ‘The end is just the start of another story.’ Beach Rats is out on 3 Novem­ber

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