Vashon, Washington (December 26, 2012) Sundance Film Festival’s opening night film "Hello I Must Be Going" comes to the island on Friday, January 4 to launch Vashon Film Society’s new year of First Friday Art Films.
The comic relationship drama marks a significant achievement for well-known character actress Melanie Lynskey: for the first time in her career, she is in every scene as leading lady. The film focuses on Lynskey’s character Amy who has retreated to her parents’ upscale suburban home following her divorce. Amy’s slow metamorphosis from demoralized sad sack to surprising "older woman" makes for a refreshing romantic comedy for adults.
Similar to performer Stephen Tobolowsky, Lynskey has one of those acting faces familiar to audiences from her many supporting roles over her career. Audiences might know her from her film work with Peter Jackson and George Clooney or her role as Rose on NBC’s megahit "Two and A Half Men" but she’s never had a star turn like this.
Said Lynskey,"I’m a character actress, and I’m very grateful for all that I’ve gotten to do. But this was just something that was so fully realized, a complete journey that this person makes. It felt like such a gift."
Vashon Film Society presents special feature and documentary screenings on First Friday Gallery Cruise nights following the art walk. Friday’s show at the Vashon Theatre plays at 9:30 pm, is rated R and tickets are $7.