Some actors wait years before trying their hand at directing, accumulating on set experience with as many filmmakers as possible, but not so for Craig Roberts. Just five years after breaking out in Richard Ayoade‘s “Submarine,” he has written, directed, and co-starred in his first feature, “Just Jim.”
Emile Hirsch joins Roberts to lead the movie about the friendship that forms between a lonely teenager and the older American who moves in next door. Here’s the official synopsis:
This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. His childhood friend, Michael, has left him for the cooler crowd and Jim is pushed to the edge when his dog dies. Jim’s life changes dramatically when Dean moves next door. Dean is older, American and on the run. He has movie star good looks and is everything Jim would like to be. Dean offers Jim friendship, a makeover and lessons in how to be cool. Jim finally realizes that he is being taken to the dark side. All Jim wants is for something exciting to happen. By the end he realizes that his life was fine the way it was. And he is happy with fine.
You can check out the exclusive, and pretty cool SXSW poster below designed by Paul Smith. “Just Jim” has its World Premiere screening at SXSW this afternoon.