Erotic thriller Perfectly Good Moment is thrilled to have its UK premiere at the Unrestricted View Film Festival on April 29, 2023 at 7pm, at the Hen & Chickens Theatre. This psychosexual thriller asks the question: what happens when the things that make your relationship passionate and exciting are the same things that make it toxic?

In Perfectly Good Moment, Ruby and David have been together on-and-off for 8 years, since she was 19 and he 34. Six months after Ruby last ran out on him, she has returned. Once the initial bliss of the reunion wears off, old toxic patterns re-emerge. Is David too demanding and controlling or is Ruby just too sensitive? Is Ruby as delicate and demure as she appears to be…or is there something more sinister behind the surface? Why did Ruby really come back? The film stars Broadway’s Stephen Carlile in his leading cinematic debut.

Photo: Perfectly Good Moment (2023)

Carlile is best known for his years-long portrayal of the villainous Scar in The Lion King on Broadway. He’s sunk his teeth into this role at the Minskoff theater since 2017, after playing the part in the European tour 2 years before. Originally from Bath, Carlile was in the West End productions of The Producers (Original London Cast), and The Phantom of the Opera, and he played Freddy Eynsford-Hill in the Cameron Mackintosh – directed production of My Fair Lady for the National Theatre. On-screen, he was in 2008’s Brideshead Revisited.

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Perfectly Good Moment co-stars Amanda Jane Stern (1 Angry Black Man, Lifetime’s Amish Witches). It marks her first feature screenwriting credit from a story she co-wrote with producer Julian Seltzer (HBO’s DMX: Don’t Try to Understand, and House of Hammer for Discovery+). The film features an original score by Mdou Moctar’s Mikey Coltun. Perfectly Good Moment also marks the narrative feature debut for director Lauren Greenhall, a 2021 resident at the Jewish Film Institute for her documentary Zelda, a film also sponsored by the New York Foundation of the Arts.

“I hope that audiences come for the exciting revenge fantasy but leave with a new way to think about the under-discussed forms of manipulation in relationships. Perfectly Good Moment gives women a way to process a common relationship dynamic, where a woman begins to modify her behavior to appease a sensitive man. Over time this need to keep the peace extends to changing her plans, friends, and effectively losing herself in the process.” said Greenhall.

To bring the story to life Greenhall, Stern, and Carlile worked extensively with award-winning
intimacy coordinator Acacia DëQueer (Kissing Kerouac, The Robosexual).

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