“A sharp satire on the film industry that really packs a punch”
– Jordan King, Empire
“[Cumming’s] performance is a miracle of control and timing”- Dom Sinacola, Paste
“Holds you in its grip” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Heart-attack inducing mania” – Katie Rife, AV Club
On March 11th 2022, the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW premieres THE BETA TEST, an outlandish, sexy and darkly funny mystery thriller from the multi-talented indie triple threats Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe.
THE BETA TEST is set in the cutthroat world of Hollywood agents – but forget Entourage – our hero is stressed out at work, his agency is in a rut, and his marriage plans are a massive distraction to signing a big new client. Then, an anonymous invitation drops into his letterbox, the agent is lured into a mysterious world of anonymous infidelity, and all hell breaks loose.
With echoes of 2015’s The Invitation, and almost a companion piece to this year’s Laguna Ave, the film features a terrific lead performance from co-writer and co-director Cummings (behind 2018’s SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Thunder Road) who Empire describe as “magnetic”. Smartly scripted, totally unpredictable and strangely moving and erotic, THE BETA TEST is delightfully unclassifiable and massively entertaining, skewering a post-Weinstein panicking Hollywood with tremendously enjoyable glee.
Showcasing a gigantic talent in the form of Cummings (and his co-director PJ McCabe, who also stars in the film ) this is Swimming With Sharks crossed with Eyes Wide Shut for the digital age… take THE BETA TEST immediately – you won’t regret it.
Synopsis: A married Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, murder and infidelity in this scintillating satire.
Watch THE BETA TEST first: head to ARROW and start your 30-day free trial. Available on the following Apps/devices: Xbox, Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV; iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at www.ARROW-Player.com.
Subscriptions are available for £4.99 monthly or £49.99 annually
THE BETA TEST WILL PREMIERE ON ARROW MARCH 11TH