Ben Affleck's directorial debut, which filmed mainly in and around South Boston and Dorchester in the summer of 2006, is based on Dennis Lehane's book of the same name. Lehane is also famous for another Oscar winning title, Mystic River, which finally won Sean Penn (love him!) a Best Actor award in 2004.
Here is what IMDB has to say about the plot:
Dorchester, one of the toughest neighborhoods in all of Boston, is no place for the weak or innocent. Its a territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets littered with broken families, hearts, dreams. When one of its own, a 4-year-old girl, goes missing, private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything -- their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives -- to find a little girl-lost.
Sounds pretty intense if you ask me! According to the Boston Globe's Name column yesterday, Gone Baby Gone will be screened next week by SAGIndie as part of its AFI Directors Series Screenings in Los Angeles. The series, "showcases movies that reflect diversity in casting and "the demographic realities of American society."
Ben Affleck's debut has also been lauded around the world. The film debuted at the Deauville American Film Festival in France back on September 5th and received a standing ovation!
And little Affleck, Casey has seriously got it going on. The guy stars in his big brother's hit new film, while also starring opposite Brad Pitt in his new The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Casey plays Ford, which should be another break out role for him.
Hmm...he just might be my new favorite Affleck.