EXCLUSIVE: Following the film’s successful South By Southwest Film Festival debut, From Nowhere director Matthew Newton has signed with Varun Monga, Martin To and Paul Alan Smith’s Equitable Stewardship For Artists (ESA) for representation in all areas.

From-NowhereCo-written by Newton and Kate Ballen, From Nowhere follows three undocumented teenagers in the Bronx approaching their high school graduation. While they otherwise live like most teenagers, navigating romance and thinking about college, the trio – a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl – also live with the threat of being discovered and subsequently deported. Things change when one of their teachers puts them in touch with an immigration lawyer, leading them to confront their pasts while fighting for their futures. Starring Julianne Nicholson, J. Mallory McCree and Octavia Chavez-Richmond, From Nowhere won the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at SXSW 2016.

An actor as well as a writer-director, Newton’s previous film, the 2008 dramedy Three Blind Mice, premiered at SXSW in 2009 as was acquired after by IFC. As an actor, Newton starred on the Australian television series Underbelly; his other acting credits include Queen of the Damned, Face to Face and The Sideways Light.