Ben Is Back

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Ben Is Back
Directed by Peter Hedges
Produced by
Screenplay by Peter Hedges
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Ian Blume
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 8, 2018 (2018-09-08) (TIFF)
  • December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Ben Is Back is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Peter Hedges, starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, and Kathryn Newton.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on December 7, 2018, by Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate and LD Entertainment.


Ben Burns, in serious trouble, returns home to his family on Christmas Eve.



The project was announced in October 2017, with Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts set to star.[2] In November, Kathryn Newton was cast as the titular Ben's sister Ivy,[3] and Alexandra Park joined as someone Ben meets during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.[4] Filming began on December 5, with Courtney B. Vance joining the cast as Ben's stepfather.[5] Filming took place in New City, Sloatsburg, Garnerville, and Haverstraw, New York.[6]


In July 2018, Roadside Attractions, LD Entertainment and Lionsgate acquired distribution rights to the film, and set the film for a December 7, 2018, release.[7] It will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Ben is Back". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (23 October 2017). "Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed 'Ben Is Back'". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ Busch, Anita (14 November 2017). "'Big Little Lies' Kathryn Newton Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges In 'Ben Is Back'". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (28 November 2017). "'The Royals' Star Alexandra Park Cast In Peter Hedges' 'Ben Is Back'". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (5 December 2017). "Courtney B. Vance Joins Julia Roberts & Lucas Hedges In 'Ben Is Back'". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Julia Roberts project, filmed in Rockland, gets positive reviews Retrieved October 15, 2018
  7. ^ Ramos, Dino-Day (July 9, 2018). "Julia Roberts Drama 'Ben Is Back' Acquired By LD Entertainment, Lionsgate & Roadside". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Vlessing, Etan (July 24, 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2018.

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