Screened as part of NZIFF 2018

Juliet, Naked 2018

Directed by Jesse Peretz World

Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd are perfectly cast in this romcom, based on Nick Hornby’s novel about an indie rock obsession that leads to romance.

USA In English
105 minutes CinemaScope/DCP




Judd Apatow
Barry Mendel
Albert Berger
Ron Yerxa
Jeffrey Soros


Tamara Jenkins
Jim Taylor
Phil Alden Robinson
Evgenia Peretz. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby


Remi Adefarasin


Sabine Hoffman
Robert Nassau

Production designer

Sarah Finlay


Nathan Larson


Ethan Hawke (Tucker Crowe)
Rose Byrne (Annie)
Chris O’Dowd (Duncan)
Jimmy O. Yang (Elliot)


Sundance 2018

Annie (Rose Byrne) has long tolerated her partner Duncan’s (Chris O’Dowd) obsession with the obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), but she’s reaching the end of her tether. Crowe had a following in the 1990s, but he disappeared after a mid-show breakdown, to become the subject of rumour and legend ever since – at least to those who care.

No one cares more than Duncan, who runs a fan forum for similar obsessives around the world. When a previously unknown demo of a Crowe album emerges after 25 years, Annie finally takes to Duncan’s forum with a withering review. Amongst the startled readers there’s one Tucker Crowe. Perfectly cast, Jesse Peretz’s film nails Hornby’s smart, pop culture obsessed, emotionally stunted characters.  Juliet, Naked is a witty, niftily constructed and sneakily romantic film – with a great soundtrack, of course.

“The Sundance audience was buzzing after the premiere of Juliet, Naked, not because it moves the boundary posts but because it’s everything a mainstream rom-com should be but no longer is – literate, unpredictable, full of bustling tangents.” — David Edelstein, Vulture

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