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RLJE Films, Shudder and AMC+ have teamed up and fully financed the highly anticipated thriller, THE APOLOGY. The film will be released by RLJE Films on December 16 in theaters and streaming on Shudder and AMC+ the same day.

Directed and written by Alison Star Locke, in her writing/directing feature debut, THE APOLOGY stars Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”, Sully), Linus Roache (My Policeman, “Homeland”) and Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer, Reality Hurts).

“THE APOLOGY is unlike anything else you’ll see this holiday season. An intense, chilling thriller driven by a tour de force performance from Anna Gunn,” said RLJE Films Director of Acquisitions Mark Ward. We’re thrilled to once again partner with our friends at Shudder and Company X Productions to bring this gripping original to audiences.”

In THE APOLOGY, twenty years after her daughter’s disappearance, recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagen (Anna Gunn) prepares to throw her family’s Christmas party with her best friend Gretchen (Janeane Garofalo). Late on Christmas Eve, Darlene’s ex-brother-in-law Jack (Linus Roache) arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a dark secret. Soon, Darlene finds herself caught between sanity and ruthless instinct. Trapped together by a dangerous storm, a battle of wits escalates into a violent game of revenge.

Awarded the ReFrame Stamp for gender-balanced production, THE APOLOGY was produced by Lisa Whalen, Kim Sherman and Stacy Jorgensen of Company X Productions, the all-female production company behind films like No Man of God and Seven Stages to Achieve. Eternal Bliss.

Ward and Betsy Rodgers of RLJE Films negotiated the deal with Whalen and Jorgensen on behalf of the filmmakers.

Anna Gunn is replaced by Gersh Agency, Linus Roache is replaced by Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Tavistock Wood Management, and Janeane Garofalo is replaced by Gersh Agency and Independent Artists.