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Alex Pettyfer’s Directorial Debut BACK ROADS Available On Digital Download From June 15 And DVD And VOD From June 29

22 May 2020

Studio Soho Distribution is delighted to announce that Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut BACK ROADS will be available on digital download from 15th June and on DVD and VOD from 29th June. Based on Tawni Odell’s novel of the same name, who also penned the screenplay with Adrian Lynne, BACK ROADS is a raw, emotional family drama that is both moving and powerful and announces a new directorial voice in Pettyfer.

After his mother (a gritty Juliette Lewis) goes to jail for shooting and killing his abusive father, Harley Altmyer (Alex Pettyfer) is left to care for his three younger sisters in a rural Pennsylvania town. The uneducated Harley works two dead-end jobs to preserve what’s left of his family, including the rebellious, sexual 16-year- old Amber (Nicola Peltz). Angered and traumatized by his painful past, Harley finally begins to feel hope when he connects with an older, married woman (Jennifer Morrison), and they embark on an affair. When shocking family secrets emerge, Harley’s life begins to spiral downward, leading to a devastating conclusion that impacts the entire community.



In his directorial debut, Pettyfer deals masterfully with a layered screenplay by Tawni O’Dell and Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal) and elicits moving performances from the entire cast. Pettyfer proves as capable in front of the camera as he is behind it, playing a sensitive, brooding young man who must confront the lingering effects of abuse and hardship. Back Roads explores pain, trauma, hopelessness, and the complex nature of love itself.



BACK ROADS features an incredible ensemble cast helmed by Pettyfer including Jennifer Morrison (The Report), Juliette Lewis (A Million Little Pieces) and Nicola Peltz (Our House).

A Soho Studio Distribution release of an Upturn, Infinity Films, Back Roads production, in association with Hyde Park International, Alex Pettyfer also produces.



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Studio Soho Distribution
Studio Soho Distribution (SSD) is a boutique film releasing company based in Portland Mews, Soho, with in-house marketing, theatrical sales, digital and television sales. The company utilises the country’s premium DVD sales team and works with The DDA Group across its slate.  SSD’s first feature, 'Mum’s List', was released in November 2016 across 120 screens, launched at number one on Amazon, number one in the physical DVD charts for all retailers, and subsequently sold to both Sky and BBC.  

Originally set up to release its own films in the UK, SSD opened its doors in 2017 to other Producers looking to utilise part or all of SSD’s distribution infrastructure in place of a conventional distribution deal.  This resulted in a promotional campaign and DVD release of Jane Gull’s multi-award-winning film, 'My Feral Heart' in the U.K and the release of Leanne Welham’s ground-breaking BAFTA nominated ‘Pili', which won the Audience Award and a special Jury mention at the 2017 Dinard Film Festival. 

SSD have since gone on to  theatrically release both James Dearden’s 'Surviving Christmas with the Relatives' and the multi-award winning film 'Undocument', which is due for its home entertainment release in June 2020. 

In early 2020 SSD was acquired by Film Soho and are now expanding their release capabilities through acquisition of US and international titles for both UK theatrical and home entertainment release. Upcoming projects set for release during June and July 2020 include 'Come As You Are', a true story about three young men with disabilities who hit the road on a quest to loose their virginity and 'Back Roads'; actor Alex Pettyfer’s stunning Directorial debut and the documentary ‘ Maserati: One hundred years against all odds.’  Studio Soho is fast developing a strong reputation in releasing films with important social messages, helping them to receive the attention they deserve. Through innovative and specialised marketing campaigns and an abundance of care, a wide range of important films are reaching their audience.'

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