Matthew Newton is scheduled to screen “Who We Are Now” at SXSW next month in its U.S. premiere.
He has a history of multiple arrests and charges for stalking, battery, assault, and domestic assault.
SXSW Film head Janet Pierson said in a statement: “We believe that Matthew Newton’s new film is a reflection of changes that he’s made in his life. ‘Who We Are Now’ contemplates the path to redemption and how one learns from their mistakes and makes amends. This feels like an essential conversation to have right now.”
Matthew Newton said: “As I said in 2011, it is absolutely intolerable to harm women, it is intolerable to harm men, it is intolerable to harm anyone. I had done these things, and I utterly regret it, and I have to live with this responsibility every day. I had a severe problem with substance and alcohol abuse then and for almost six years now I have actively worked every single day, one day at a time, to remain sober and live a clean, upstanding life.”
“Who We Are Now,” stars Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, Jimmy Smits, Lea Thompson, Jason Biggs, and Jess Weixler.