Magazine article Screen International

Jeff Baena, Life after Beth

Magazine article Screen International

Jeff Baena, Life after Beth

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The 36-year-old director talks to Jeremy Kay about the American Zoetrope zombie drama.

After studying film production at NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts, Jeff Baena co-wrote I Heart Huckabee's with David O Russell.

For his next trick, Baena dusted off a decade-old script and eventually US Dramatic entry Life After Beth was born. The feature directorial debut stars Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza and John C Reilly.

XYZ Films handle international sales and WME and CAA jointly represent North American rights.

What's Life After Beth about?It's about a college kid whose girlfriend passes away and he's extremely distraught and ends up hanging out with her father and one day the family shuts him out. So he starts snooping around and finds his girlfriend inside the house, alive.

He realises nobody knows why she is back and he tries to pick things up [with her] and make the relationship work as they'd been having a few issues. Before too long she devolves into a zombie and he has to make some decisions.

What gave you the idea for the movie?There's a scene where he sees her through the window and that was the first scene that popped into my head - that fantastic element - and I went from there. Simultaneously I was going through a break-up situation and this has the hallmarks of what you go through, but I don't know how much of that was subliminal. …

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