Simon Rumley, Amanda Fuller Reteam for Thriller 'Fashionista' (Exclusive)

Ethan Embry ('Grace and Frankie'), 'Haven' star Eric Balfour and 'Starry Eyes' actress Alex Essoe also are in the movie.
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Amanda Fuller

Cult horror director Simon Rumley has reteamed with his Red White & Blue star Amanda Fuller for Fashionista, a thriller currently wrapping up shooting in Austin, Texas.

Also on the call sheet are Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie), Haven star Eric Balfour, Starry Eyes star Alex Essoe, Alexandria DeBerry (Lazer Team) and Devin Bonnee, who appeared in Rumley’s last feature, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word.

Fashionista is being described as a structurally unique thriller about a fashion-conscious young woman who uses clothes as an emotional crutch and what happens when her life spirals out of control.

The story centers on a woman who co-owns a vintage clothes store in Austin with her husband. When she discovers he is having an affair, she throws caution to the wind and has an affair herself with a suave, mysterious pick-up from a bar. The man, in true thriller fashion, turns out to be way more dangerous than she ever bargained for.

Rumley, who wrote the script and is directing, is producing with Bob Portal of Alliance Media Partners (AMP), the U.K.-based production/financing company with a growing list of U.S. movies in production, including Greg Carter’s My B.F.F. and Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, the last title in a three-picture deal with Travis Stevens’ Snowfort Pictures. 

Tim League, the Alamo Drafthouse founder who also runs Fantastic Fest, is executive producing with Adam Goldworm.

On his previous film, true-life sea survival tale Crowhurst, which is now in postproduction, Rumley worked with filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, the acclaimed cinematographer of Lawrence of Arabia. Fashionista is influenced by Roeg, said Rumley.

“I was inspired to do what I had always wanted but never had the courage to do — namely to write a film in the way that Nic edits his classic movies,” said Rumley. “I’m not sure if I’ve succeeded or not, but I feel I’ve made something that explores some of our 21st century malaises.”

League met Rumley in 2006 when his film The Living and the Dead won big at that year’s Austin-based Fantastic Fest and was a producer of the filmmaker's breakthrough, Red White & Blue (2010).

“[Rumley] fell in love with Austin and has subsequently written two scripts set in our town," said League. "I helped produce Red White & Blue back in 2009, and now seven years later the team has reunited for Fashionista. I was never actually in one, but I imagine this must be what it feels like to 'put the band back together.’”

Rumley is repped by Aperture Entertainment.

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