Female Human Animal
Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, a psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.
In 2015, Tate staged a retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), famously the lover of Max Ernst. Novelist Chloe Aridjis, who knew the artist from her native Mexico, was made guest curator of the exhibition. Set between the real-life curation of the Tate show and a series of more luridly fantasised enactments, Chloe become increasingly haunted by Carrington’s strange artworks and the new horizon they seem to permit. When an elusive, brooding man appears, Chloe begins to pursue him, but is she hunter, or hunted?
Shot on a rare 1980s video camera with uniquely lurid, nostalgic colour responses, and deftly weaving fact and fiction, a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms.
With appearances from art and literary world luminaries like Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Juliet Jacques and Tom McCarthy, actors including Volksbuhne’s Marc Hosemann and Patrick O’Kane, and new music from OMD’s Andy McCluskey, Tearist’s Yasmine Kittles, and composer Andy Cooke, the film also pays homage to its guiding spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington, in 2017 her centenary year.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 90 mins
- Analogue Video formats
- Josh Appignanesi
- Jacqui Davies, Josh Appignanesi
- Sam Dobbyn
- Martin Macdonald
- Josh Appignanesi, with Chloe Aridjis
- Director of Photography
- Tristan Chenais
- Production Designer
- Erik Rehl
- Thomas Blazukas, Morgan Muse, Sam Boulton
- Andy Cooke, Andy McCluskey
- Principal Cast
- Chloe Aridjis, Marc Hosemann, Patrick O'Kane, Angus Wright, Juliet Jacques, Phillipa Horan, Devorah Baum, Mark Greenfield, Dorian Ford, Adam Thirlwell, Stuart Home, Ariadne Arendt
- Funded by
- ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
- Additional cinematographers
- Ben Barber, Richard Dunton, Michael Hobdell
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Last updated 11th February 2018