High & Outside: A Baseball Noir

Directed by: Evald Johnson
USA | 98 minutes
world-premiere
best-film
best-screenplay
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Wed 27th Sep 18:30
Q&A with Evald Johnson, Phil Donlon, Alexander Hacke, John Cook, Ellen Philips

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sun 1st Oct 12:45

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For Phil, baseball is everything. Raising $3,800 for a trial camp won’t be easy though: he is beset by bad decision-making and an inability to imagine himself outside the world baseball. His family life is in a perilous state, too: Phil’s father is recovering from a stroke and lives with him, all while Phil tries to reconcile with his wife and take care of his little daughter. High & Outside gives audiences a taste of the bitter reality of a sportsman’s life. Far from the splendor and glory of the big stadiums, this is an honest film about the price that players play to stay in the game. Baseball becomes an example for dreams that we chase no matter the cost, no matter how much we have to give, throwing ourselves into uncharted depths. Geofrey Lewis's portrayal of Len (his last role before his death) hypnotizes from the very beginning with its authenticity and complexity, evoking a sense of sadness and regret. It’s interesting to note too that the film’s director, Evald Johnson, grew up as the son of a professional baseball player – insight doesn’t get much better than this. Monika Ladwich
Runtime
98
Cast
Phil Donlon
Geoffrey Lewis
Ernie Hudson
David Yow
Lindsey Haun
Country
USA
Director(s)
Evald Johnson
Writer(s)
Dan O'Dair
Producer(s)
John Cook
Ellen Philips
Executive Producer(s)
Evald Johnson
John Cook
Ellen Philips
Krish Krishnan
Screening Status
World Premiere