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Female Human Animal

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Synopsis

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.

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Format
Analogue Video formats
Director
Josh Appignanesi
Producer
Jacqui Davies, Josh Appignanesi
Co-Producer
Sam Dobbyn
Editor
Martin Macdonald
Screenwriter
Josh Appignanesi, with Chloe Aridjis
Director of Photography
Tristan Chenais
Production Designer
Erik Rehl
Sound
Thomas Blazukas, Morgan Muse, Sam Boulton
Music
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 13th November 2017

Production Company

JACQUI DAVIES LTD
85 Mallard Place
Twickenham
TW1 4SW
+44 (0)7711 416621
info@jacquidavies.com
http://www.jacquidavies.com

Josh Appignanesi
http://www.joshappignanesi.com
@FemHumanAnimal