Tatiana Maslany and her companion of eight years, Tom Cullen, have been in Austin for the previous handful of days for the debut of their most up-to-date collaboration, the romantic drama Pink Wall. It really is a searing, non-linear portrayal of a partnership amongst Jenna (Tatiana) and Leon (Jay Duplass) more than six years – from meet-cute to uncertain fizzle. It really is intimate, and shockingly very good. I say “shockingly” not due to the fact it is Tom’s very first function behind the camera, but due to the fact it is a bit of a tiny miracle. The shoot lasted for nine days (due to the fact they lost a day to rain). The price range? 100,000 pounds. Jay’s facial hair logistics alone (in Year A single, he has a moustache, and then there is rising gradients of beard) have to have been a nightmare to configure!!

Tom wrote and directed the project, and only seems on-screen for a short cameo. He mentioned his mom, dad, and sister are all in the film, and that it was a actual labour of adore. But it is unquestionably not a vanity project it is a showcase of Tatiana’s talent, and Tom and Jay’s abilities.

We very first meet Jenna and Leon in Year 4 (every marking of time is identified via a title card). They are deep into their partnership then, and they are in the middle of telling a funny story more than drinks with her household. The camera stays on them the entire time, like a microscope focusing on the intricacies of their dynamic, “inside jokes” (which you quickly locate out veer extra toward “off-side jokes,” and personalities. Correct away, it is clear she’s an achiever, although he’s extra laid back. Yin and yang. When her brother tends to make an insulting comment, and she tells him off, the shot permits the audience to see Leon cringe and watch him react. What began off as boisterous, charming bar banter quickly devolves into a fight amongst Leon and Jenna outdoors. Irrespective of whether it is Tom or Tatiana (also a producer on the film), they have a knack for writing biting, punchy dialogue that sounds like how folks speak.

Leon asks: “Am I on trial? Can I have a lawyer?” in the middle of their fight, which breaks her. They laugh about it, and move on. They are capable to, and it is one particular of their “items.”

“I do not like me either.”

“I do not like myself either, I do not know what the f–k we’re undertaking!”

As the jumps continue backwards and forwards via the course of their partnership, you begin to see some cracks in their foundation, and discover why she gets to a point exactly where she would say anything like “I do not want to make myself modest for you so you do not really feel f–king insecure.” But the adore amongst them is often there.

Tom also has a terrific eye. The film switches up its aspect ratios to indicate modifications in time (not in contrast to Homecoming, or Xavier Dolan’s Mommy), and frequently adjusts the concentrate on the shot to shift amongst Leon and Jenna. Then there are moments exactly where you only see him, or you only see her when they are with each other. It provides the film even extra intimacy, Closer-esque, via a kaleidoscope of time.

Collectively, Tatiana, Tom and Jay produced a film worthy of the Duplass-style ouevre. It’ll make your heart fall to the floor, and make you keep in mind the electrical energy of these early flirty memories at the identical time, not in contrast to Like, Crazy. At the Q and A, Tom talked about the movie’s structure, and mentioned that we do not keep in mind or appear at our relationships in a linear way. But it is not like he’s examining Jenna and Leon’s highlight reel via rose-coloured lenses either. Tom mentioned he wanted to discover the successes and failures of a partnership, inspired by his personal. Speaking about Tatiana, he opened up about how when you happen to be dating and your companion experiences results, it can be difficult and you have to discover to evolve and develop with the individual and communicate.

Meanwhile, she mentioned she loved the concepts Tom had for her character, and how he wanted to discover the complexity of the girls in his life. Beyond their partnership, she mentioned she believed so a lot in his vision, trusted his talent in terms of intimacy, and had “no purpose not to do the film.”

This year will be the very first time considering that 2014 that Tatiana will not be nominated for (or win) a Canadian Screen Award for Orphan Black, which aired its final season a year and a half ago. She went 5 for 5 in the Very best Actress – Television Drama race, and also won for making the show, and for her acting in the film The Other Half, opposite Tom, which also premiered at SXSW in 2016. Oh yeah, and she won an Emmy for Orphan Black also. But as awesome as her perform often is, she continues to do some of her very best perform with Tom by her side.

Right after Austin, it is back to New York for her, as she continues her run in Network on Broadway opposite Bryan Cranston. The show is wicked, super interactive (they go out into the street! There is a bar on stage!) and she’s playing the Faye Dunaway aspect. I saw it back in November, when it was in previews. She killed it. Could a Tony be inside grasp? Network got extended via June, and I think Pink Wall is a sales title. It has Indie Spirits written all more than it. Whichever studio buys it… will it be somebody who catches it in Austin, or will it be somebody who’s noticed her on Broadway? Or each? Either way, it would be a blazing hot pickup.