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Laura and Tyler, best friends and drinking buddies, whose hedonistic existence falls under the creeping horror of adulthood when Laura gets engaged to Jim – an ambitious pianist who surprisingly decides to go teetotal.
Laura and Tyler are soulmates. Thirty-something best friends and revellers residing in Dublin, they are ingrained in the fabric of each other’s lives; dating, partying, drinking and living their life without limitations. American ex-pat, Tyler – a siren of drugs, alcohol and debauchery – lures aspiring writer, Laura, away from her long overdue novel as well as her new beau, the irresistibly handsome Jim. A tee-total classical pianist, Jim is the antithesis of Tyler and the world she and Laura inhabit, and with his presence the girls’ hedonistic double act finds itself in jeopardy.
While Tyler wants to keep the party going, Laura, buoyed by Jim’s restraint and stability, starts to emerge from her years of partying, searching for her place in the world. Caught between desires – youth and adulthood, her old self and her future self – Laura impulsively gets engaged to Jim, knocking Tyler for a loop. Bereft at the thought of losing of her partner in crime, Tyler spies a chance to rock the boat of the “perfect” life Laura can see on the horizon, but in doing so inadvertently helps Laura find a new unexpected path to independence.
At once both a celebration of female friendship and an examination the choices we make when facing a crossroad, ANIMALS is an honest, funny, edgy, unconventional and bittersweet snapshot of modern women.
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2019 - Premieres - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
109 mins
Sophie Hyde
Sarah Brocklehurst, Rebecca Summerton, Cormac Fox, Sophie Hyde, Rebecca Summeton
Executive Producer
Mark Gooder, Celine Haddad, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Mikko Leino, Compton Ross, Alison Thompson, Ari Tolppanen
Bryan Mason
Emma Jane Unsworth (screenplay, novel)
Director of Photography
Bryan Mason
Production Designer
Louise Mathews
Zoë Barry, Jed Palmer
Principal Cast
Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Amy Molloy, Elva Trill, Olwen Fouéré, Fra Fee

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Last updated 8th May 2019

Production Company

Ireland, Australia, UK co-production

A Vico Films (IE), Closer Productions (AU) Sarah Brocklehurst Productions (UK) production in association with Head Gear Films (UK), Kreo Films FZ (AE), Metrol Tehnology (UK), with support from Adelaide Film Festival (AU), Creative England (UK), Irish Film Board (IE), Kojo Post (AU), Screen Australia (AU), South Australian Film Corporation (AU), M1 Capital, Aristo Invest

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