Lost Girls, the new Netflix film and feature film debut of noted documentarian Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?; Love, Marilyn; and Bobby Fischer Against The World) will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival January 28 in snow-packed (unless climate change has messed up winter again!) Park City, Utah.

The line-up of films by women directors is available at the Sundance Film Festival website now.

Collider tells us:

Netflix has released the trailer for their upcoming drama Lost Girls. Based on the true story of five sex workers who disappeared near Long Island, the story follows Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan), who works to uncover what happened to her missing daughter, Shannan.

This is one of my most-anticipated movies playing at Sundance this year because the hook here isn’t just a matter of “solving” the case, but looking at the larger systemic issues that led to the disappearance of young women from white, working-class neighborhoods. I’m eager to see what director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) brings to the material, and I’m always happy to see Amy Ryan in a lead role.

Check out the Lost Girls trailer below, and look for our review out of Sundance on Tuesday, January 28th. The film arrives on Netflix on March 13th and also stars Thomasin McKenzie, Gabriel Byrne, Dean Winters, and Lola Kirke.

Synopsis from Netflix:

When Mari Gilbert’s (Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan) daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers. From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus, LOST GIRLS is inspired by true events.

We can’t wait to see this debut feature film from renowned director Liz Garbus and we can’t wait for Gabriel and Amy Ryan to be re-united once again! This will be their third project together, after In Treatment and Louder Than Bombs.

Finally, here’s the new poster for the film. Stay tuned for a report from the premiere and more information as it happens.


  1. One always hopes that renewed attention on these unsolved murders will help in bringing those responsible to justice. I have read the book and it is tragic and unsettling, exposing institutional apathy and prejudice.
    It will be compelling to see how Liz Garbus, Amy Ryan and Gabriel Byrne bring this difficult issue to light. They all bring integrity and compassion to their work.

    • I still have not read the book. I just can’t, for the time being. I tell myself that is a good thing–I’m going into the film with no notion, really, of what to expect. The trailer is haunting and foreboding and feels chillingly realistic, so I’m forewarned a bit. And now I know who is playing whom, to some extent. But I’m a tabula rasa. I do know, as you say, all three primary players in this work take it very seriously and will make it come alive for us. Can they push the needle of suspended justice to the good? We always hope. <3


    I have an special feeling for this film by the truth that these cases are ignored, around the world, in all the cities, countries. Few people have worried when these girls disappear. I am so happy that our dear Gabriel was part of filming this history, that happens all the time in different places. Thanks for it. All my feelings for all of you, my friends …

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