Spotlight Narrative

World Premiere

USA | 98 MINUTES | English |


As far as Anna (Rebecca Hall) is concerned, she couldn’t be happier with her boyfriend, Will (Dan Stevens). They’re talking about marriage and hoping to close on a new Brooklyn brownstone together. While out at dinner for her birthday, Anna’s brother, Hale (David Joseph Craig), and his partner, Reece (Morgan Spector), innocently point out that she’s never been with anyone other than Will. It doesn’t take long for that seemingly innocuous observation to alter Anna and Will’s future. At the same time, Hale and Reece struggle to take the next major step in their own relationship: starting a family.

Writer-director Brian Crano’s funny and heartfelt script is brought to life by the effortless chemistry shared between its two couples. Hall and Stevens are especially wonderful together, maintaining an endearingly palpable bond in the face of love’s many disruptions. Crano, for his part, distinguishes the film among its many NYC-set rom-com peers through an understated authenticity.Permission tackles universally relatable relationship themes with refreshing honesty.

—Jule Rozite


Directed by Brian Crano

Brian Crano wrote and directed A Bag of Hammers and Permission. His short, Dog Food, premiered at SXSW before playing 30 festivals and was selected for the VIMEO staff pick. Crano trained at UCLA, School of Theatre Film and Television and The London Academy of the Dramatic Arts.
Brian Crano
Brian Crano
Adam Bricker
Matthew Freidman
Thomas Bartlett, Joan As Police Woman
Executive Producer
Erika Hampson, David Gendron, Michael Klein, Brian Crano
Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall, Giri Tharan, Joshua Thurston
Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, Morgan Spector, David Joseph Craig and Jason Sudeikis


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