I'll Be There is a 2007 Drama film written and directed by Spike Jonze starring Alex Russell, Phillipa Brown, Nathan Gamble, Simon Pegg, Barry Pepper, Melissa McCarthy, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman and Romeo Miller.

The film was released theatrically on March 28th, 2007 to critical and commercial success and secured three Golden Globe Nominations: 1. Best Actor Alex Russell, 2. Best Actress Phillipa Brown and 3. Melissa McCarthy.

The film had a brief advanced screening at the Cairns film festival and was presented by New Zealand born singer Ladyhawke who credited by her name Phillipa Brown portrays the lead female protagonist in the film.

The film deals with the controversial topics of child abuse and disability.

The film marks the third drama motion picture covering the subject of child abuse starring Alex Russell.

The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc format on July 22nd, 2007.


Gordon Lieu (Alex Russell) suffers from aspergers syndrome, cursed with the inability to further progress socially.

His only friends are the troubled boys of Upper East Soho who were his older brother Russell's friends until he died in a tragic accident.

Gordon comes to befriend an intelligent 10 year old boy Jumble (Nathan Gamble) who is partially autistic and a student of his father.

He comes to learn Jumble hails from abusive parents who use his disability to collect payments to cover their house and debts.

Gordon devises a plan along with his Upper East Soho friends and a peculiar manic depressive Adeena Florence (Phillipa Brown) a patient of his mother's to help the boy.


  • Alex Russell as Gordon Lieu
  • Phillipa Brown as Adeena Florence
  • Nathan Gamble as Jumble Richards
  • Simon Pegg as Mr. Travis Lieu
  • Barry Pepper as Malcolm Richards
  • Melissa McCarthy as Lara Richards
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Principal Kestle Brown
  • Uma Thurman as Dr. Regina Lieu
  • Romeo Miller as Lance Struhm
  • Tristian Wilds as Colby Patterson
  • Logan Henderson as Reece Hackett
  • Emily Meade as Julia Florence
  • Allan Hyde as Deceased Russell Lieu
  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Social Worker Connie Brittle
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