‘Holliday Grainger (My Cousin Rachel) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) have started filming on Sophie Hyde’s comedy Animals.
Emma Jane Unsworth wrote the Animals screenplay based on her novel.
Cornerstone Films is handling worldwide sales on the project, which is shooting in Dublin until April 13.
Grainger and Shawkat will star as Laura and Tyler respectively, 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.
Sarah Brocklehurst, a Bafta nominee for her 2011 feature Black Pond and a former Screen Star of Tomorrow, produces alongside Rebecca Summerton and Sophie Hyde for Closer Productions (52 Tuesdays), and Cormac Fox for Vico Films (The Young Offenders).
The project is an Irish-Australian co-production from Vico Films and Closer Productions, with major production investment from Screen Australia and the Irish Film Board, in association with Head Gear Films, Mikko Leino of M1 Capital and Ari Tolppanen of Aristo Invest, the South Australian Film Corporation, and the Adelaide Film Festival.
Post-production will be handled by Kojo in Adelaide, with Bonsai Films on board to distribute in Australia and New Zealand.
The film was developed by Sarah Brocklehurst Productions and Closer Productions, with the assistance of Creative England and Screen Australia.
“Emma’s novel (and screenplay) is a celebration of a female friendship and an examination of being a modern woman, a woman with faults and longings, aspirations and competing desires,” added Sophie Hyde. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both Holliday and Alia to bring two characters to the screen who are funny, disturbing, charming and nuanced and I am delighted to bring this Animals world to the screen, with an exceptional team from both Ireland and Australia.”’
Via Screen Daily