I can only name two female-fronted Westerns off the top of my head, and neither of them is particularly impressive. The first is Raimi's The Quick And The Dead, which is kind of worth it to see a cocky, young Leonardo DiCaprio get blown away – a sort of penance-in-advance for Titanic. And then, of course, there's Bad Girls, and the less said on that, the better.
Fast forward to TIFF this year, and we're watching Daniel Barber's The Keeping Room – a revisionist Western starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, set at the end of the American Civil War that follows three tough women defending the homestead. There's an effortless reversal of so many Western genre tropes at play and we needed it on the roster. While we've got a few Westerns in spirit (Wake In Fright, A Field In England and even, arguably, Borgman), we don't have any actual "traditional" Westerns. And while it's easily typified by it's genre pinnings, The Keeping Room hits a number of unique notes that seem to qualify for a Drafthouse Films release and we couldn't be more pleased to welcome it to the family.
The Keeping Room will head to theaters next September. Check out the full press release below.