FILM: MISS SLOANE
CAST: JESSICA CHASTAIN, MARK STRONG, GUGU MBATHA-RAW, ALISON PILL
DIRECTOR: JOHN MADDEN
A cutthroat lobbyist on the verge of personal and professional burnout pushes legal and ethical boundaries to ensure the passage of a controversial law in ‘Miss Sloane’, a political thriller from Academy Award-nominated director John Madden (‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’). Pulling back the curtain on the secretive and powerful lobbying industry, ‘Miss Sloane’ reveals how Capitol Hill games are played — and won.
Brilliant, self-assured and utterly unscrupulous, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is one of the most powerful forces behind the scenes in Washington. The star player at an old-school lobbying firm headed by George Dupont (Sam Waterston), Miss Sloane will do whatever it takes for her clients — even if that means bending the rules. But when the head of the powerful gun lobby calls on her to help convince women to oppose a bill that will impose new regulations on the sale of firearms, she turns him down flat and instead joins a scrappy boutique firm representing the backers of the law. Alongside the firm’s CEO (Mark Strong) and a group of young up-and-comers, Miss Sloane schemes, manoeuvres and manipulates her way to what could be a stunning victory, but her zeal for winning threatens both her career and the people she cares about. Compromised, vulnerable and under investigation by the Senate, Elizabeth Sloane may finally have met her match.