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'Lotus Eaters' Exclusive Trailer Watch: The Young, the Restless, the British

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood March 20, 2013 at 2:32PM

In a scene that alternates between elegiac and cheeky, a striking young man strums his guitar and serenades his sweetheart. Domestic bliss, though, this is not: he's actually her ex and bearing his own burden as he struggles with addiction. This is "Lotus Eaters," the feature debut of Dublin-born, London-based director Alexandra McGuinness, a film about a group of glamorous young Londoners who romp through the city, keeping their discontent and wanderlust at bay by relying on sex, cigarettes and drugs.
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In a scene that alternates between elegiac and cheeky, a striking young man strums his guitar and serenades his sweetheart.  Domestic bliss, though, this is not: he's actually her ex and bearing his own burden as he struggles with addiction.

This is "Lotus Eaters," the feature debut of Dublin-born, London-based director Alexandra McGuinness, a film about a group of glamorous young Londoners who romp through the city, keeping their discontent and wanderlust at bay by relying on sex, cigarettes and drugs.  The sensitive guitarist is Charlie, the seranadee is Alice, a model-turned-actress (yet still in transition), the booze is vodka.

Featuring a cast of burgeoning British names--among them Antonia Campbell-Hughes, a former model, and Johnny Flynn, the frontman for the folk-rock band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit--"Lotus Eaters" premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and later screened in London and Galway.  New producer/distrib Meneret Productions will open the film in New York on April 5, and expand to Los Angeles and VOD on April 12.

Check out this exclusive look at the film's new trailer below.



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.