Toronto, ON — MOST LIKELY TO is Matt Austin’s directorial debut of a feature length film. Shot in three days on three digital cameras, the film boasts compelling and raw performances by the cast, a kinetic and interesting visual style and a booming soundtrack that features local band Holy F*ck.
It’s been 5 years since former best friends Josh (Jefferson Brown), Lindsay (PJ Lazic), Jordie (Moti Yona) Adam (Matt Lemche) and Ben (Lenny Panzer) graduated from high school. Life has led each of them on different paths, but when Ben comes into a chance opportunity to host a party at his boss’ killer pad, they are all reunited. Bedlam breaks loose when Rich (Marcello Cabezas), an unexpected guest, shows up. As the sun rises, the friends are left to clean up before Ben’s boss returns. No sooner has the group come together when they are torn apart after shocking discoveries are made and they realize that some secrets are better left buried.
Director Austin is thrilled to be a part of the festival and share the premiere with a Toronto audience. "MOST LIKELY TO was a really challenging film for me because we shot it in real time. It’s also really unique as the dialogue in the film is 100% improvised. Each actor was given a screenplay with the plot points and structure, as well as very detailed biographies, but ultimately, they had a lot of creative freedom with the story."
In 2004, Matt wrote, directed and produced Jimmy, his short film debut. It has been screened internationally, appeared on CBC’s ZED, won an "Awareness Award" from the Seven Minute Film Festival in Canmore, Alberta, and had the prestige of playing at the 2004 Canadian Film Centre Worldwide Short Film Festival. Matt’s last project Credit Role, a short film he co-wrote, produced and performed in, won ‘Best Short Film’ at both the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & MICHIGAN FILM FESTIVAL.
Currently, Matt is directing a feature documentary called Don’t You Forget About Me (www.dontyouforgetaboutmethemovie.com) investigating the current state of Hollywood’s teen film genre and how John Hughes’ absence is the reason behind its downfall. Matt was recently chosen by the National Post as one of their ‘Top 30 to Watch’ for 2007.