Susan Johnson’s directorial debut, Carrie Pilby, based on the book by Caren Lissner, will premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Special Presentations program. The festival runs September 8 – 18.  Bel Powley has the title role and Gabriel Byrne plays her father. Nathan Lane co-stars, along with Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue, Jason Ritter, and William Moseley.

And that is all we know so far!

No trailer or official poster at this time, but these will be coming to us soon, no doubt.

Watch the Press Conference announcing the slate of films for this year’s festival (the live stream does not begin until the 11:00 mark, so be patient) and read a bit more about Carrie Pilby below. The theme for TIFF 2016 is Infinite Views and the roster of movies to be screened is amazing, as always!



Awkward, isolated and disapproving of most of the people around her, a precocious 19-year-old genius is challenged to put her convictions to the test by venturing out on to the NYC dating scene, in this adaptation of Caren Lissner’s best-selling 2003 novel.

carrie-pilby-promo-01-croppedGabriel Byrne and Bel Powley in a scene from the film

Entertainment Weekly:

Carrie Pilby Susan Johnson, USA – World Premiere
Carrie, a person of high intelligence who graduated Harvard at 18, struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her New York City apartment. Susan Johnson makes her feature directorial debut in this beautiful adaptation of the acclaimed novel. Stars Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, and Jason Ritter.

Official Carrie Pilby Website [This website is not available as of December 3, 2016 but the link is just in case it goes live again].

Follow the film on Twitter @CarriePilby

Facebook Page for Carrie Pilby

Stay tuned for more news!

Many thanks to Nicole Angelle for the heads up on this! heart


  1. I’m going to try and get to TIFF to see this! I’m only about two hours from Toronto. I’m going to wait until the film schedule release on August 23rd and (hopefully) get an individual ticket to the premiere.

    • Oh, you lucky! Will you be our Byrneholic Festival Reporter, please? Can’t wait to hear all about this new film. And, of course, I cannot wait to see it on any size screen I can get my hands on! LOL! <3

  2. Hope you can get at ticket to see the premiere Kristen.
    That would be great.
    Please, tell us about the movie when you have seen it.
    That would be very nice!

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