Australian director Sophie Hyde, known for her award-winning debut 52 Tuesdays, returns with this vibrant, messy study of female friendship, based on Emma Jane Unsworth’s 2014 novel of the same name.
Laura (Holliday Grainger), an aspiring, self-doubting writer and her anarchic best friend Tyler (Alia Shawkat), an American estranged from her family, share a flat in Dublin. They live to party, with drink, drugs and general debauchery infusing their days, and their careers and personal lives otherwise largely on hold. But then Laura falls in love, and her romance highlights flaws in their friendship, forcing them to consider their shared and separate futures.
The premise might sound familiar, but Animals feels consistently unconventional, unruly and rich; it capably conjures an entire world, and doesn’t care how you judge its heroines. Benefiting from excellent performances by and chemistry between Grainger and Shawkat, a sharp, insightful and witty script, and Hyde’s distinctive direction, Animals is an honest, funny, edgy and bittersweet snapshot of modern women.
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.
Two of the most iconic and powerful stars of their day pair up in Hitchcock’s post-war spy thriller, film noir – with just a dash of screwball dialogue and some serious romance – and the results are electric. Newly restored in 4K.