2019, UK/Australia/Ire, Dir. Sophie Hyde, 109 minutes
Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel was a hit and her screen adaptation captures the excitement, the rush and the falls in the lives of two women living life to the full brilliantly. The novel was set in Manchester but the film finds us in Dublin. Holliday Grainger is Laura – trying to make a living as a writer and supplementing her income as a barista. Tyler (Alia Shawkat) is her American flatmate. Drinking is a large part of their lives but Laura falls in love with a teetotal pianist. Witty, sharp and captivating, Animals portrays self-destructive behaviour unflinchingly.
Film notes (paper copies available at the screening)
Tickets (£5 adults, £3 children) available on the door, but it may be busy so you are advised to book in advance with the Buxton Opera House box office