IN UK THEATRES FROM OCT 3 / MUBI and ONLINE TO FOLLOW
Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL is a darkly romantic psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.
When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?
With the Volksbuhne’s Marc Hosemann, Patrick O’Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), appearances from cultural figures like Juliet Jacques, Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy, scored by Andy Cooke with new music from Tearist and the iconic O.M.D., Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking artist and writer Leonora Carrington.
Director: Josh Appignanesi. Starring and co-devised with: Chloe Aridjis. Exec Prod: Jacqui Davies. Prod: Sam Dobbyn. 73 Mins / UK 2018
JOSH APPIGNANESI – DIRECTOR
The writer/director behind award-winning fiction features like religious psychodrama Song of Songs (Rotterdam, Edinburgh, London) and ethnic satire The Infidel (Tribeca), Female Human Animal follows on from his widely acclaimed creative documentary feature The New Man (2016).
‘Powerful and confident… Appignanesi is seriously committed to cultivating a real cinematic language.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘A cinematic milestone… a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema.’ Jason Solomons, The Observer
CHLOE ARIDJIS – SUBJECT AND CO-DEVISOR
A London-based Mexican novelist and recent recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, her debut Book of Clouds won the French Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. Her acclaimed novel Asunder (Chatto), told the story of a museum guard in a national gallery. Her new novel Sea Monsters is out in 2019. She knew Leonora Carrington and curated the Tate retrospective.
‘Chloe Aridjis is crafting a poetics of the strange… Deft and shimmering fiction.’TLS
‘Exceptional… a beautifully turned piece of writing of extraordinary assurance…’ Independent on Sunday
SAM DOBBYN – PRODUCER
Dobbyn, only 23 when work on Female Human Animal began, has a background in docs and commercials production in the North West producing with Hurricane Films and BBC Creative among others. This is his debut feature.
JACQUI DAVIES – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jacqui Davies works with internationally acclaimed artists and filmmakers. Recently awarded a BFI Vision Award. She produced Richard Billingham’s debut feature Ray & Liz (2018) which received a Special Mention in Locarno’s Concorso internazionale at its World Premiere this August. She produced Ben Rivers’ feature The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (2015). She was Associate Producer on Phillip Warnell’s feature, Ming of Harlem, winner of George Beauregard Prize at FID Marseille 2014. Davies has produced and curated moving image works and exhibitions for galleries and site-specific for over 20 years. Broadcast projects include: 25 artists’ films C4’s Random Acts, including by Marina Abramovic, James Franco,Martha Rosler, Mark Leckey, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. She co-founded Animate Projects, her commissioned projects include: A Letter to Uncle Boonmee and Phantoms of Nabua, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2009), and Unfolding the Aryan Papers, Jane & Louise Wilson (2009). In 2018 she launched new production company: PRIMITIVE FILM.
|Fri Sep 28th 2018 19:00||LONDON LRB Bookshop (special preview) Q&A with Gareth Evans|
|Wed 3rd Oct 2018 18:45||LONDON PREMIERE Curzon Soho Q&A with Sarah Dunant|
|Sat 6th Oct 4pm||LIVERPOOL FACT Picturehouse (Q&A before OMD’s 40th Anniversary gig)|
|Sun 7th Oct 16:00||LONDON DocHouse (Curzon Bloomsbury) Q&A.|
|Tue 9th Oct 18:30||LONDON Rio Dalston Q&A with filmmakers, Juliet Jacques and Anouchka Grose.|
|Sun 14th Oct 15:00||LONDON Moth Club (Q&A with filmmakers)|
|19th, 20th, 21st Oct 19:45||GLASGOW Glasgow Film Theatre (Q&A – 21st)|
|Sun 21st Oct 19:00||EXETER Phoenix (Q&A with Dr Felicity Gee)|
|Tue 23rd Oct 20:30||LONDON JW3 (Q&A with filmmakers)|
|Wed 24th Oct 18:00||EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY free screening & Q&A|
|Fri 2nd-Thu8th Nov 20:45||NOTTINGHAM Broadway|
|Wed 14th Nov 14:15||INVERNESS Eden Court|
|Thu 15th Nov 18:15||INVERNESS Eden Court|
|Thu 22nd Nov 18:00||BIRMINGHAM MACBirmingham Q&A|
|Sat 24th Nov 20:00||LONDON ArtHouse Crouch End (Q&A)|
|Thu 29th Nov 21:00||LONDON Genesis Cinema (Q&A)|
|Tue 4th Dec 21:00||MANCHESTER HOMEMCR|
|Thu 31st Jan 19:00||LONDON Whitechapel Gallery|
“Unnerving, riveting, and mesmerising…. The unity of Appignanesi’s brilliant cinematic vision and Aridjis’ compelling and vulnerable performance makes Female Human Animal resonate.” Hannah Clugston, LITTLE WHITE LIES
“Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world– and it’s a triumph.” Charlie Phillips, THE OBSERVER
“Appignanesi’s extraordinary hybrid documentary fuses surrealism and reality.. A remarkable & surprising portrait.” Kaleem Aftab, CINEUROPA
“Deliriously experimental.. Strange and illuminating.” Dave Calhoun, TIME OUT
“Boldy defies categorisation… Darkly fascinating and surprisingly funny.” Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, METRO
“Like a micro-budget Don’t Look Now crossed with a rogue episode of The South Bank Show, and all the better for that.” Ed Potton, THE TIMES
“Sui Generis… You’ve got admire Appignanesi’s total disregard for marketability” THE GUARDIAN
“Understands its place in cinema history… The aesthetic of uncertainty perfectly underscores the suspense of the film’s action” Kate Webb, The TLS
“An unearthly adventure… Female Human Animal breaks open a genre and emerges as something entirely new.” Sabina Stent, THE F-WORD
“Social Surrealism. Moves between quiet profundity and sincerity into a kind of schlock horror.” Jennifer Higgie, FRIEZE
“Dazzling… A living work of art.” DIRTY MOVIES