Life doesn’t always go the way we hope or expect. In Collaborator, Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a once-successful playwright whose life seems to be in a freefall. His recent Broadway play was panned and cancelled after a two-week run. His foundering marriage is further endangered by his muddled attempt to rekindle a romance with his old flame, Emma Stiles (Olivia Williams), now a beautiful Hollywood star.
Retreating from all of this, Robert goes back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond). While there, he crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse), a man that Robert has avoided since they were both boys. Robert’s polar opposite in many ways, Gus is a right-wing, heavy-drinking ex-con who still lives at home with his mother.
Just when it seems that Robert’s life can’t get any worse, Gus takes Robert hostage at gunpoint. With a SWAT team assembled outside the house, Gus and Robert spend a most unlikely night drinking, smoking pot, reminiscing, and debating. The drama unfolds as social status, celebrity and the imminent threat of violence converge. The resulting climax will change both men forever.
After an acclaimed acting 20+ year acting career, Collaborator marks Martin Donovan’s debut as writer and director. Set for a limited release on July 6, this Tribeca comedy drama also features Melissa Auf Der Mauer, Eileen Ryan, Vivian Lanko, and Julian Richings.