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.