Rust Creek

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Rust Creek
Directed by Jen McGowan
Produced by
Written byJulie Lipson
Music by H. Scott Salinas
CinematographyMichelle Lawler
Edited by
  • David Hopper
  • Lunacy
Distributed by
Release date
January 4, 2019
CountryUnited States
  • English

Rust Creek is a 2019 independent thriller drama film directed by Jen McGowan and written by Julie Lipson. It is based on an original story by Julie Lipson and Stu Pollard. [1] The film stars Hermione Corfield. It was released on 4 January 2019.

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Thriller film Film genre

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An ordinary woman must summon extraordinary courage to survive a nightmare odyssey in this harrowing survival thriller. Sawyer (Corfield) is an ambitious, overachieving college senior with a seemingly bright future. While on her way to a job interview, a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the frozen Kentucky woods. Suddenly, the young woman with everything to live for finds herself facing her own mortality as she’s punished by the elements and pursued by a band of ruthless outlaws. With nowhere left to run, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with Lowell (Paulson), an enigmatic loner with shadowy intentions. Though she’s not sure she can trust him, Sawyer must take a chance if she hopes to escape Rust Creek alive. [2] [3]


The script was written by Julie Lipson based on an original story by Stu Pollard, who also produced the film. [1] The Film shot in and around Louisville, Kentucky. [4]

Stu Pollard is an American film producer, writer and director. His credits include Nice Guys Sleep Alone, Keep Your Distance, as well as the 2019 survival thriller Rust Creek.

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

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The film premiered May 3, 2018 at the Bentonville Film Festival. [5] The film won Best Thriller Feature at the 2018 San Diego International Film Festival. [6] It was released to VoD by IFC Midnight Films services January 4, 2019. [7]

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Rust Creek received positive reviews from critics and has a "Certified Fresh" score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 44 reviews. The site's critical consensus states: "Rust Creek subverts expectations with a surprisingly layered survival drama anchored in a rich setting and a gripping lead performance from Hermione Corfield.” [8] On review aggregator and online database website IMDb, the film has an average rating of 5.8/10 , based on 3525 reviews.; [9]

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List of accolades received by ‘’Rust Creek’’
YearAwardCategoryRecipient(s) and Nominee(s)Result
2018Breckenridge Festival of Film AwardsBest DramaWon
Best ActressHermione CorfieldWon
Best DirectorJen McGowanWon
Film Threat Award ThisBest DirectressJen McGowanWon
Jefferson State Flixx FestBest ActressHermione CorfieldWon
Rhode Island International Film FestivalDirectorial Discovery AwardJen McGowanWon
San Diego International Film Festival Best ThrillerWon

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