Feature Film
No Light and No Land Anywhere (2016)
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No Light and No Land Anywhere (2016)
STORY
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Grieving her mother’s death and her own failing marriage, Lexi (Gemma Brockis) boards a plane from London to Los Angeles in search of the estranged father who abandoned her when she was three-years-old. Based out of a seedy Hollywood motel, she follows a tenuous trail of breadcrumbs, beginning with his aging former in-laws, collecting numbers and addresses in the hopes that one will lead to her father. Along the way, she establishes other unexpected connections: her father’s ailing former second wife (Deborah Dopp), her bitter half-sister Tanya (Jennifer Lafleur) and her caregiver girlfriend (Jade Sealey), and two local barflies (David Sullivan and Kent Osborne). A stranger in the City of Angels, Lexi’s reckless searching leads to cautious discoveries in this atmospheric and introspective quest. No Light and No Land Anywhere is an assured exploration of the ties that bind us to (and unbind us from) the people we love, and to the people we wish would love us back.

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REVIEWS

“A formidable deconstruction of self-identity… No Light and No Land Anywhere has the potential to further cement Sealey’s reputation as one of the most promising directors of female-driven stories working the U.S today.” – IndieWire

“So daring, brash and uninhibited is their dramatic collaboration here that it only leaves one thought – what’s next?” – Starpulse

“Gemma Brockis has an indescribable, enchanting quality that makes Lexi’s struggle one we can’t turn away from.” – Cinemacy

“Hypnotic, reaching deep into our souls as it deconstructs our innate desire to love and be loved… the film is intimate and inescapable, showing us how easy it is to get lost in a large city surrounded by so many people and possibilities… its haunting observations on the importance of family and basic human compassion can’t be missed. This is a film that catches the humanity daring to slip between the cracks, showing the spaces where tragedy, confusion, grace and forgiveness meet.” – Chrome Yellow

“Fleshing out Sealey’s observational approach is an intense performance from Gemma Brockis. She grounds the film’s extraordinary premise with a fear and confusion that feel palpable, but also a desperation fraught with longing. Very few performances completely immerse us into the internal struggle of a character the same way that Brockis’ does. There’s just so much range and understated nuance, using a physicality that can evoke anger, pain and frailty one minute, or an intimidating, feral delivery the next. Complimenting Brockis’ performance is Jennifer Lafleur, who plays Lexi’s half-sister Tanya. There’s a confrontation between the two which easily stands as the film’s emotional centerpiece, and the two are stunning in it, releasing the film’s pent-up anguish in a way that’s almost unbearable.” – Chrome Yellow

“Stunning indie film” – Makers

“… electric… provocative… The filmmaker not only engages an audience mentally, but asks them to feel almost physically as well, investing heavily in small, tactile moments.” – The Moveable Fest

“Amber Sealey solidifies herself as a director to watch, and not just because she is a woman (that’s just the icing on top). Her ability to transcend cliché expectations of her characters and find a little light in otherwise dark situations is a refreshing take on the female-centric genre of ‘finding oneself’. The film’s all around authenticity, coupled with incredible performances and execution, makes ‘No Light and No Land Anywhere’ feel both intimate and fearless.” Cinemacy

“…A brilliant, beautiful testament to the power of two wild card women in Hollywood.” — iD / Vice