Bad Behaviour is the directorial debut for Alice Englert, who also wrote the screenplay and stars in the film alongside Jennifer Connelly (pictured) and Ben Whishaw with Ana Scotney, Dasha Nekrasova, Marlon Williams, Karan Gill and Beulah Koale rounding out the cast. The film is produced by Desray Armstrong and Molly Hallam and executive produced by Stephen Braun.
Lucy (Connelly), a former child actor, seeks enlightenment at a retreat led by spiritual leader Elon (Whishaw) while she navigates her close yet turbulent relationship with her stunt-performer daughter, Dylan (Englert).
Bad Behaviour will screen in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Production of Bad Behaviour took place in New Zealand, and was made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Grant, Fulcrum Media Finance and Bee-Hive Productions, with additional support from the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Recovery Fund, Ahi and Images&Sound.
CAA Media Finance and Verve Ventures will co-represent the sale of North America, with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales.
Ahi will distribute theatrically in Australia and New Zealand.
The 2023 Sundance Film Festival will take place as a hybrid festival in Park City, Salt Lake City, Utah from 19 – 29 January and online from 24 – 29 January 2023.