Brie-Larson-in-Short-Term-12Coming away with both the Grand Jury and the Audience Awards at SXSW, Short Term 12 premiered to very promising early reviews back in March, and is definitely set to be a must-see movie this year.

With its release date now set for the end of August across the Atlantic, Yahoo Movies have released the first trailer for the independent movie, and it is an excellent first look at the film for those of us unable to go to Austin in the spring.

“Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.

Brie Larson and John Gallagher, Jr. take the lead in the drama, starring alongside Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Kevin Hernandez, Melora Walters, Stephanie Beatriz, Lydia Du Veaux, and Alex Calloway.

Destin Daniel Cretton is making his sophomore feature behind the camera, directing from his own script, based on his earlier short of the same name. Cretton took the original short to Sundance back in 2009, where it on the Jury Prize at the festival, and it’s impressive to see that the feature has continued to do the same thing at SXSW this year.

Short Term 12 is set to be released in the US on August 23rd, after continuing its run on the festival circuit this month. No word yet on a UK release date, and given the independent nature of the film, this may well unfortunately be one we’ll have to import later in the year. Here’s the first trailer to give you an idea of what to expect.