The Vanishing of Sidney Hall is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Shawn Christensen.

Official trailers

A24 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 released the trailer:
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Story intro

The film centers around Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman), a young novelist whose life is depicted in a non-linear narrative, through elliptical flashbacks and flash-forwards through three periods of his life. At the age of eighteen, Sidney reads a story about masturbating in the sixth grade to his English class, to the chagrin of his teacher. He is spared from expulsion by a fellow English teacher, Duane Jones (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who encourages him with his writing. Sidney is subsequently approached by a bully, Brett Newport (Blake Jenner), who requests assistance with digging up a package they buried when they were small children. Sidney declines and returns home to his abusive mother Velouria (Michelle Monaghan), his downtrodden disabled father Gerald (Darren Pettie), as well as a love letter from an unidentified "Melody". Duane encourages Sidney to use unorthodox, loud tactics to draw Melody out, which he attempts, to no avail. He spots a girl (Elle Fanning) from the Jameson family across the street and correctly deduces that she is Melody, though she is hesitant to directly interact with him. After seeing Brett bully a classmate, Sidney agrees to help him dig up the package, on the condition that he ceases bullying. The pair go and dig the package up, but as they are about to part ways, Brett's father, Judge George Newport (Sean Cullen), violently arrives on the scene and Brett is forced to hand the package off to Sidney. Sidney watches the tape, to discover that it is a recording of Judge Newport having sex with an adolescent girl. Sidney and Brett rendezvous and agree to go to the authorities with the tape.


Logan Lerman
Sidney Hall
Elle Fanning
Melody Jameson, Sidney's girlfriend and later wife
Michelle Monaghan
Velouria Hall, Sidney's mother
Kyle Chandler
The Searcher/Francis Bishop
Blake Jenner
Brett Newport, Sidney's schoolmate
Nathan Lane
Harold, Sidney's literary agent
Margaret Qualley
Alexandra, Harold's daughter
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Duane Jones, Sidney's English teacher
Tim Blake Nelson
Johan Tidemand, a sculptor Sidney befriends
Janina Gavankar
Gina, Sidney's personal assistant
Darren Pettie
Gerald Hall, Sidney's father
Alex Karpovsky
David Bauer


Principal photography began on April 22, 2016 at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, in Pleasantville, New York.

The film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall was scheduled to be released by A24 and DirecTV Cinema on January 25, 2017 (Sundance Film Festival) and on March 2, 2018 (United States).

The duration of the film is 117 minutes.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Vanishing of Sidney Hall got low rating from critics. But the audience likes the film.

External links

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