Things Behind the Sun

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Things Behind the Sun
DVD cover
Directed byAllison Anders
Produced byRobin Alper
Daniel Hassid
Doug Mankoff
Written byAllison Anders
Kurt Voss
StarringKim Dickens
Gabriel Mann
Don Cheadle
Music bySonic Youth
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited byChris Figler
Distributed byBehind The Sun Productions LLC
Showtime (TV)
Release date
  • January 24, 2001 (2001-01-24)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States

Things Behind the Sun is a 2001 film directed by Allison Anders and starring Kim Dickens and Gabriel Mann. Its title is taken from a song by Nick Drake. It was released to television by Showtime and given a limited theatrical release.[1]


Owen, a young reporter for a Los Angeles-based music magazine, goes back to his Florida hometown to interview Sherry, a local rock singer. Sherry and her band are becoming increasingly popular, largely because of a song she wrote about being sexually assaulted as a girl; this song has become a hit on college radio. Owen's reasons for returning to his hometown are more than professional, however: he and Sherry were close friends in childhood. Through flashbacks, the movie recalls Owen's memory of a critical moment in that past.

In the end, Owen informs his brother Dan that he sent the details of the crime committed to Dan's parole officer and also to his editor. He also describes his own role in the crime – he participated in a gang-rape he was unable to prevent. Owen is able find some of the twelve girls who were raped and convinces them to testify against Dan. When Dan vehemently asks why Owen is doing this, Owen replies that he once loved Sherry.


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  1. ^ "Things Behind The Sun | TV Guide". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ 61st Annual Peabody Awards, May 2002.

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