Little Woods



Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 5, 2018 4:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 11:45 AM
Film Info
Category:Black Is
Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:105 min.
Director:Nia DaCosta
Producer:Rachael Fung
Gabrielle Nadig
Tim Headington
Screenwriter:Nia DaCosta
Cinematographer:Matt Mitchell
Editor:Catrin Hedstrom
Cast:Tessa Thompson
Lily James
Luke Kirby
James Badge Dale
Lance Reddick
Print Source:Neon
Note Writer:Lucy Laird


She “forgot to be scared”—that’s how Ollie (rising superstar Tessa Thompson) got caught the first time, for being a drug dealer of Canadian meds in the North Dakota oil and gas boomtown she calls home. Since going straight and switching to dealing hot coffee, clean laundry, and quips with the lonely local roustabouts, Ollie’s gotten plenty scared—of losing the house her mother left her, about making it through her probation, of blowing a job interview. When her estranged sister Deb (a shape-shifting Lily James) comes to her with a desperate plea, Ollie talks herself into one last big score. First-time writer-director Nia DaCosta shapes a taut anti-western about sisterly bonds within a gray landscape of men and industry. Though the villains are intractable—opiate addiction, the broken US healthcare system, exploitation of the land and people—the performances of Thompson and James blaze through the bleakness.

Additional Information

Nia DaCosta is a writer and director based in New York City. Her first feature film Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. DaCosta has been supported by the Sundance Institute, New York Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, and the Time Warner Foundation.