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.
== Plot ==
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.
== Cast ==
Kim Dickens as Sherry McGrale
Brittany Renee Finamore as Young Sherry
Gabriel Mann as Owen
Don Cheadle as Chuck
Rosanna Arquette as Pete
Alison Folland as Lulu
Eric Stoltz as Dan
Elizabeth Peña as Carmen
Shawn Reaves as Tex
Patsy Kensit as Denise
== Film festivals ==
24 January 2001 at the Sundance Film Festival
28 April 2001 at the Los Angeles Film Festival
7 July 2001 at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival
== Awards ==
2002 won the Peabody Award
2002 nominated for Best Television Feature or Miniseries at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards
2002 nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie at the Emmy Awards
2002 nominated for Best Feature, Best Female Lead, & Best Supporting Male at the Independent Spirit Awards
== References ==
== External links ==
Things Behind the Sun at IMDb
DVD review of film
Culture Vulture review
Things Behind the Sun at Rotten Tomatoes