Screen Media Acquires Greta Gerwig's 'The Dish and the Spoon' (Exclusive)


Alison Bagnall's movie, which also stars Olly Alexander, will be released on VOD and DVD in early 2012.

Screen Media Films, noted for little movies with big talents (like Maggie Gyllenhaal in Laurie Collyer's Sherrybaby), has acquired Alison Bagnall's The Dish and the Spoon, which star Greta Gerwig filmed just after her Spirit Award-nominated breakout performance in Greenberg.

Olly Alexander (Bright Star) also stars in the movie, which centers on a woman who, after her husband admits to an affair, embarks on an unconventional romance with a stranded British teenage she discovers marooned on the beach.

"A delicate brief-encounter indie set in the aftermath of betrayal," wrote The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore of The Dish and the Spoon's March SXSW premiere. "The film has art-house potential and could raise the profile of costar Olly Alexander." Bagnall, an AFI alum who broke out as the writer of Buffalo '66, will screen the film in AFI's 2011 Young Americans section on Nov. 5 at 5 pm at the Chinese 3 Theatre and Nov. 6 at 1:45 at the Spielberg-Egyptian (check for tickets the day before the screening).

After New York Times critic Manohla Dargis' Greenberg review said Gerwig "may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation," Gerwig began landing roles in such high-profile films as Nero Fiddled by Woody Allen, also on a career upswing. The Dish and the Spoon will come out on VOD and DVD in early 2012.

The deal was brokered with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Suzanne Blech, president of Screen Media Films.