EXCLUSIVE: Graduating from college can be an exciting moment in one’s life. It also can be scary as hell. Director-writer Carly Stone brings the fear of post-college life in this clip from The New Romantic starring The End of the F***ing World standout Jessica Barden.
The clip features aspiring journalist and college senior Blake Conway (Barden) talking to her editor (Avan Jogia) about going on a questionable date for her column. The New Romantic marks Stone’s feature directorial debut and will make its world premiere on March 11 at SXSW. The film also stars up-and-comers Hayley Law from Altered Carbon and Camila Mendes from Riverdale.
Conway is terrified of graduating. In order to escape her looming post-graduation fate that includes student debt and zero romantic prospects, she becomes a sugar baby. As she documents the adventure in the hopes of winning a journalism award with a generous cash prize, she sets out on a quest to figure out if society is right to judge these women and if her own self-worth comes with a price.
The New Romantic is produced by Kyle Mann and Michael Risley’s Drive Films. Aqute Media and ICM Partners are selling at SXSW.