The Assistant



A tense, understated critique of workplace harassment and the toxic power structures that exist in many large organisations.

"The Assistant" is a compelling and restrained study of workplace abuse that speaks volumes in its quiet yet powerful portrayal of a day in the life of Jane, a young graduate working for a top executive at a film production company. Featuring a strikingly nuanced performance from its lead actor, it's filmed in a way which makes the audience feel they are sharing Jane's experience. We're immersed in her daily routine, bearing witness to the harassment, manipulation and myriad micro-aggressions she endures in an environment suffused with toxic masculinity. Silence, secrecy and complicity make for a hard day at the office.

Wendy Slevison

Online Release 10th June 2020
Rialto Distribution 87 mins