Phoenix Fringe: First Cow


122 minutes



Wednesday 22 September: 1300
Thursday 23 September: 1600 (Subtitled) & 1930

A gripping and glorious story of friendship and petty crime on the harsh frontier of the Old West.

In 1820s Oregon, a taciturn loner and skilled cook has travelled west and joined a group of fur trappers, but only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful but precarious cake-making business, reliant upon a clandestine scheme to steal milk from a wealthy landowner’s prized Jersey cow – the very first, and only, cow in the territory.

Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Night Moves) returns with a sumptuous tale of male friendship, pilfered dairy and the pursuit of the American dream – a true masterpiece from one of cinema’s most vital independent filmmakers. Stars John Magaro, Orion Lee and Toby Jones.