Lost Transmissions

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Lost Transmissions
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKatharine O'Brien
Screenplay byKatharine O'Brien
Produced by
CinematographyArnau Valls Colomer
Edited byYannis Chalkiadakis
Music byHugo Nicolson
  • Pulse Films
  • Royal Road Entertainment
  • Underlying Tension
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release dates
  • April 28, 2019 (2019-04-28) (Tribeca)
  • March 13, 2020 (2020-03-13) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[1][2]
CountryUnited States

Lost Transmissions is a 2019 drama film written and directed by Katharine O'Brien. It stars Simon Pegg, Juno Temple, and Alexandra Daddario.[3][4]

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2019.[5] It was released on March 13, 2020, by Gravitas Ventures.


The film centers on Hannah (Juno Temple), a shy songwriter, who discovers that her friend, respected record producer Theo Ross (Simon Pegg), has lapsed on his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah rallies a group of friends to help commit Theo to a psychiatric hospital, chasing him as he outruns his colorful delusions through the glamour and grit of Los Angeles.[6]




In April 2017, it was announced Simon Pegg had joined the cast of the film, with Katharine O'Brien directing from a screenplay she wrote.[7]


On August 2, 2018, the last day of filming, it was announced Juno Temple, Alexandra Daddario, Tao Okamoto, Bria Vinaite, Jamie Harris, Danny Ramirez, Rebecca Hazelwood, Reef Karim, Daisy Bishop, Grant Harvey, Jacob Loeb, Jonathan Ohye, Nana Ghana, and Robert Schwartzman had joined the cast of the film.[8]


Lost Transmissions had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2019.[5] The film was also screened at the American Film Festival on November 6, 2019 and at the Whistler Film Festival on December 8, 2019.[9][10][11][12] Shortly after, Gravitas Ventures acquired distribution rights to the film and released it on March 13, 2020.[13]

Critical response[edit]

According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 54% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Lost Transmissions finds itself occasionally stranded despite solid performances from Simon Pegg and Juno Temple."[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 51 out of 100 based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[15]

After its Tribeca premiere, John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter gave a positive review by stating "Lost Transmissions gave a sympathetic and appropriately downtempo look at a musician's mental illness. The film tells its story without engaging with foolish cliches about creativity and madness."[16] Joey Magidson of Hollywood News also gave a positive review by stating "Simon Pegg and Juno Temple have never been better, exercising new acting muscles and causing you to re-evaluate what each is capable of."[17] Kristy Strouse of Film Inquiry gave another positive review by stating "Lost Transmissions really finds its identity in the softer moments between our two leads, as the heartbreak comes to the surface and they acknowledge their own (and each other's) struggles."[18] Andy Howell of Film Threat felt that viewers who "might see Lost Transmissions just for Simon Pegg will come away with a deeper sense of what schizophrenia is".[19]

Conversely, Alex Papaioannou of Popaxiom gave a mixed review by stating "Lost Transmissions takes the form of a bright spotlight that is necessary to expose harsh realities, and hopefully promote change. Unfortunately, there are times when these examples come off as misguided or played for laughs, which is upsetting whether intentional or not. This debut is a film about mental health and music, and while an important subject matter, it doesn't necessarily hit all the marks that it should. Still, Simon Pegg is absolutely fantastic and confirms his serious acting skills."[20] Owen Gleiberman of Variety also gave a mixed review by stating "Lost Transmissions is a murky and unfocused journey, set in a Los Angeles that looks as sodden as London on an overcast day."[21]

Emily Sears of Birth.Movies.Death. gave a negative review by stating "The plot of Lost Transmissions limits the performances, seesawing back and forth too often between Theo manipulating the system and Hannah being too stubborn to give up."[22]


The film won three awards at the 2020 Prague Independent Film Festival — Grand Prix, Best Actor (Simon Pegg) and Best Actress (Juno Temple).[citation needed]


  1. ^ "'Lost Transmissions'". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Lost Transmissions (2020)". The Numbers. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Gemmill, Allie (March 6, 2020). "'Lost Transmissions' Trailer Sees Simon Pegg Searching for Some Peace of Mind with Juno Temple". Collider. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  4. ^ Dick, Jeremy (March 6, 2020). "'Lost Transmissions' Trailer Teams Alexandra Daddario, Simon Pegg and Juno Temple". MovieWeb. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Hayes, Dade (March 5, 2019). "Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Feature Lineup, With Screen Time For John DeLorean, Muhammad Ali, Chelsea Manning". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (April 4, 2017). "Simon Pegg To Star In Katharine O'Brien's 'Lost Transmissions' For Pulse Films". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (April 4, 2017). "Simon Pegg to Star in Rock 'n' Roll Drama 'Lost Transmissions'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 2, 2018). "Simon Pegg-Juno Temple Starrer 'Lost Transmissions' Wraps Shoot For Royal Road, Underlying Tension & Pulse". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Tocci, Tommaso (November 29, 2019). "Interview: Katharine O'Brien – 'Lost Transmissions' at the 2019 American Film Festival in Wroclaw". Ion Cinema. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Lost Transmissions Katharine O'Brien, USA 2019, 103' European premiere
  11. ^ Brodsky, Katharine (November 26, 2019). "Canadian and World Premieres Abound at Annual Whistler Film Festival". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Kay, Jeremy (November 4, 2019). "Simon Pegg, Juno Temple in 'Lost Transmissions' lands at Premiere Entertainment Group for AFM (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 18, 2020). "Gravitas Acquires 'Lost Transmissions'; Cleopatra Entertainment Nabs 'Game of Death'; Random Media Lands 'Vampire Dad' – Film Briefs". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Lost Transmissions (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  15. ^ "Lost Transmissions Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  16. ^ DeFore, John (April 28, 2019). "'Lost Transmissions': Film Review - Tribeca 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  17. ^ Magidson, Joey (May 10, 2019). "Simon Pegg And Juno Temple Are At Their Best In 'Lost Transmissions'". Hollywood News. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Strouse, Kristy (May 6, 2019). "Tribeca 2019 Round Up #2: 'All I Can Say', 'Bliss' & 'Lost Transmissions' (+ Interview With Simon Pegg)". Film Inquiry. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  19. ^ Howell, Andy (January 23, 2020). "'Lost Transmissions' Review". Film Threat. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Papaioannou, Alex (May 1, 2019). "Tribeca 2019 – Review: How 'Lost Transmissions' Gets Lost In Itself Too Often". Popaxiom. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  21. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (May 3, 2019). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Lost Transmissions'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  22. ^ Sears, Emily (May 9, 2019). "Tribeca '19 Review: 'Lost Transmissions' Never Finds The Right Frequency". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved May 17, 2019.

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