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, returns 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 raped 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. He is also aware of the identity of her rapists, as the ringleader was his brother Dan. Through flashbacks, Owen recalls his complicity in the gang-rapes that his brother Dan and his friends perpetrated on many girls. Whenever he would hear someone being forced into Dan's room, which was adjacent to his own, he would block out the noise with music.

It is later revealed that Sherry had come to Owen's house on the day of her rape to give him a mixtape. Owen resorted to his usual tactic of trying to ignore what was happening, but he was dragged out of his room and forced to participate in her gang-rape. He tells Sherry that he didn't even know it was her until it was over.

Owen informs his brother Dan that he sent the details of Sherry's rape, including his own role in the crime, to Dan's parole officer and to his own editor. Owen also informs him that he has found some of the twelve girls who were raped, and they are willing to testify against Dan to the parole board. Dan will never be able to leave prison. When Dan vehemently asks why Owen is doing this, Owen replies that he loved Sherry.


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  1. ^ "Things Behind The Sun | TV Guide". Retrieved March 2, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ 61st Annual Peabody Awards, May 2002.

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