First Look: Frances Ferguson
Take a look at the newest sly drama from Bob Byington
By Richard Whittaker,
8:00AM, Wed. Jun. 19, 2019
Nobody understands unlikable characters better than Bob Byington. The Austin filmmaker has specialized in the spiky, the unapologetic, and the deliberately obtuse, and his newest film, Frances Ferguson, spotlights one of his most charmingly charmless creations to date.
Frances Ferguson follows a high school teacher (Kaley Wheless) who ends up as the talk of her tiny Nebraska town as her life falls apart. That would be more of an issue if she cared what anyone thought, and didn't despise her life anyway. All the while, an informed and uncritical voice (the sonorous tones of Nick Offerman) narrates her exploits and apathy.
We talked with the film's director and star before the film's world premiere at SXSW (read the full interview here). At the end of the month Byington is heading to Europe, with three screenings of his latest at Filmfest Munchen in Munich, and he's sent over a clip to us for just a taste of Frances' delightfully sour attitude.
We'll have more on Frances Ferguson as it continues on the festival circuit and heads to release later this year.