(2018) 93 mins
Director: Bo Burnham
Writer: Bo Burnham
Cinematography: Andrew Wehde
Production Design: Sam Lisenco
Music: Anna Meredith
Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), a social media-hooked 13-year-old, is in her final week at a public middle school in the state of New York. She posts motivational videos on YouTube about confidence and self-image that get almost no views. Struggling to make friends at school, she wins the “Most Quiet” award from her classmates. Meanwhile, Mark (Josh Hamilton), her single father, struggles to connect with her and break her reliance on social media. With high school just around the corner, can she reconcile her online persona with her real self?
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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.
“Elsie Fisher is absolutely outstanding in the role of Kayla Day, like an undiscovered Fanning sister: her smart, observant performance gives the audience instant access to her vulnerabilities, hurt feelings and quiet determination.” The Guardian
“In some ways, the story is relatively uneventful, but the feature debut of writer/director Bo Burnham is filled with moments that will remind plenty of people of mis-steps in their own teenage years. In short, it is a warm, relatable comedy drama that captures the teenage experience to a tee.” Radio Times
“Eighth Grade is a beautiful film and one that reminds us of the road on which we all travel. The recognition of that bumpy path of discovery when we learn about ourselves and our relationships is priceless.“ Urban Cinefile