Animals (15)

Director Sophie Hyde. Comedy/Drama


Australian director Sophie Hyde, known for her awardwinning debut 52 Tuesdays, returns with this vibrant 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) 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 when Laura falls in love, her new romance highlights flaws in their friendship that force them to re-consider their shared and separate futures. Consistently unconventional, unruly and rich, Animals capably conjures up an entire world. Boasting excellent performances by and chemistry between Grainger and Shawkat, a sharp, insightful and witty script, and Hyde’s distinctive direction, it has received glowing reviews following its Sundance premiere and looks set to gain continued critical approval on its release.

Starring Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy

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