Chloe Domont’s maiden voyage into the world of directing, with her film “Fair Play,” has been nothing short of a cinematic whirlwind. The Netflix-backed picture made its grand entrance at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January, and from that moment on, it’s been a rollercoaster of excitement and achievement. The movie, a psychological thriller of the highest order, quickly garnered a devoted following, sparked debates, and left audiences with lingering questions—a filmmaker’s dream come true.
Starring the charismatic duo of Phoebe Dynevor, renowned for her breakout role in “Bridgerton,” and Alden Ehrenreich, known for his performances in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Cocaine Bear,” and his current appearance in the global box office hit “Oppenheimer,” “Fair Play” takes us into the cutthroat world of a hedge fund. Dynevor and Ehrenreich play a newly engaged couple forced to hide their relationship due to their shared employment in this ultra-competitive financial realm. However, when Emily (played by Dynevor) secures a promotion that eclipses Luke’s (portrayed by Ehrenreich), the power dynamic in their relationship undergoes an irreversible transformation.
Chloe Domont, in a recent conversation with Steve Weintraub of FilmSweep, shared her thoughts on the film’s sudden ascent to stardom and what it felt like to be at the center of a heated bidding war at Sundance, ultimately won by the streaming behemoth, Netflix. Her sentiments? A mix of exhilaration and gratitude.
Reflecting on the whirlwind experience, Domont confessed, “It was a blur, to be honest. Most of it was a blur, but it’s incredibly rewarding because I put everything into this film, and it was a painful journey to get to making this movie.”
For Domont, the true reward lay not just in the financial success but in the audience’s passionate response. Her ultimate goal was to create a film that would ignite discussion, provoke questions, and challenge viewers to ponder the complexities of her characters. She longed for her work to be a catalyst for dialogue and debate. And when she saw that vision come to life, it was a moment of pure satisfaction.
“This is the thing I set out to do, and there’s nothing more rewarding than, first of all, people just reacting the way that you want them to react, and asking the kinds of questions, the same kinds of questions that drove me to writing this film, and starting that kind of conversation, that buzz, and that debate. So I think for me, primarily, aside from the sale, it was really about the audience reaction, first and foremost. Then, of course, the sale was incredibly exciting and rewarding.”
“Fair Play” has already graced select theaters, opening its doors on September 29. But for those who can’t wait to delve into its suspenseful world, mark your calendars for October 6, 2023, when it will make its global debut on Netflix. It’s safe to say that Chloe Domont’s directorial debut has not only made a significant mark but also left us eager to see what cinematic wonders she has in store for the future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Thriller Success
What is “Fair Play” about?
“Fair Play” is a psychological thriller starring Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich as a couple working at a competitive hedge fund. When Emily, played by Dynevor, receives a promotion that shifts the power dynamic, their relationship takes a dramatic turn.
How did “Fair Play” perform at Sundance?
“Fair Play” made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and received rave reviews. It sparked a bidding war, ultimately being acquired by Netflix for a remarkable $20 million, making it one of the festival’s biggest sales.
When can I watch “Fair Play”?
What was Chloe Domont’s reaction to the film’s success?
Chloe Domont, the director, described the experience as incredibly rewarding. She was thrilled that the film provoked debate and questions among the audience, fulfilling her dream as a filmmaker. The financial success was an added bonus for her.
Where can I learn more about “Fair Play”?
You can find more information about “Fair Play” by following updates on Netflix, visiting its official website, or reading reviews and discussions on film-related platforms.