19 December 2018 The Irish Film & Television Network
Actors
TV
Crew
Digital
Distribution
Education / Training
Equipment
Festivals / Markets
Finance
Legal
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Production
Rep Bodies
JOBS FILMOGRAPHY NEWS WHO'S WHO DIARY GALLERY IFTA
     
NEWS IN BRIEF
Features & Interviews
Production News
Post Production News
VFX News
Animation News
Digital News
Festivals News
Training News
Cast News
Finance News
IFTA Film & Drama Awards
Galway Film Fleadh 2017
List Your Company
Daily News Bulletin
Site Map
IFTN HOME
Principle Photography Underway in Dublin For Sophie Hyde’s Irish-Australian Co-Production, 'Animals'
22 Mar 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Award-winning director Sophie Hyde (‘52 Tuesdays’, ‘Life in Movement’) is helming a feature adaptation of author-turned-screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth’s best-selling novel ‘Animals’, an unconventional female driven comedy starring Holliday Grainger (‘Tulip Fever’, ‘My Cousin Rachel’) and Alia Shawkat (‘Arrested Development’, ‘Search Party’).

The official Irish/Australian co-production from Vico Films and Closer Productions is currently shooting in Dublin, having secured production investment from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and the Adelaide Film Festival.

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 decides, unfathomably, to go teetotal.

Sophie Hyde is also producing alongside Rebecca Summerton for Closer Productions, BAFTA-nominated Sarah Brocklehurst (‘Black Pond’), and Cormac Fox for Vico Films. Emma Jane Unsworth wrote the screenplay based on her novel which was first published in 2014 in the UK, followed by editions in the USA, Canada, Germany, France and Spain.

Speaking about the production, director Sophie Hyde said:

“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. 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 nuance, and I am delighted to bring this Animals world to life with an exceptional team from both Ireland and Australia.”

Sophie Hyde made her debut in 2014 with the ground-breaking film ‘52 Tuesdays’, which she produced, directed and co-wrote. The breakout hit went on to win several awards including Best Director at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at Berlin Film Festival in 2014. Hyde and Summerton are both owners and directors of Closer Productions and recipients of Gender Matters Brilliant Careers funding in 2016 for a proposal to identify and support exceptional female voices, allowing women’s stories to flourish.

Chief Executive of IFB, James Hickey said:

“The IFB, alongside Screen Australia, is delighted to support Sophie Hyde’s Animals, which is set in and will film in Ireland,” “Led by unique and distinctive female creative filmmaking talent, we are also proud to help bring this complex and nuanced portrait of contemporary womanhood to screens around the world.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia added:

“Sophie Hyde is a hugely promising talent who has demonstrated both her distinctive style and directorial agility with projects like her captivating feature debut 52 Tuesdays and comedy series F***ing Adelaide. With Animals, Sophie and Rebecca will have the chance to collaborate with their Irish production partners and capitalise on the immense opportunities presented by the official co-production program - a proven pathway to reaching international audiences.”

Post production will be handled by Kojo in Adelaide, with Bonsai Films on board to distribute in Australia and New Zealand.


Acting CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation, Adam Smith said:

 “The SAFC is thrilled to continue the journey with the now renowned South Australian production company Closer Productions, and the unique creative voice of Sophie Hyde, as they take this exciting next step into international co-production with Animals. It is an amazing opportunity for the South Australian team to work on an international production, which has roots in South Australia.”

Artistic Director and CEO of Adelaide Film Festival, Amanda Duthie added:

“The Adelaide Film Festival FUND has supported Sophie Hyde’s extraordinary work to date. Adelaide Film Festival champions the work of bold and distinctive directors and we are thrilled to be involved in this venture with Closer Productions and Sophie Hyde’s vision for this international co-production with all female key creative.”

British actress Holliday Grainger’s credits include ‘My Cousin Rachel’, Disney’s live action film ‘Cinderella’, and Emmy® Award-winning drama series ‘The Borgias’. Alia Shawkat is an award-winning actress best known for her work on cult TV series ‘Arrested Development’ as well as roles in ‘Search Party’ and Amazon’s Emmy® Award-winning series ‘Transparent’.

Australia’s co-production treaty with Ireland was signed in 1998 and to date has produced five official co-productions — one TV miniseries, two children’s drama series, one feature-length documentary and one documentary series. ‘Animals’ will be the first drama feature film made under the treaty. The Competent Authorities tasked with administrating the Co-production Program in Australia and Ireland are Screen Australia and the Irish Film Board respectively. 




BREAKING NEWS
IFTN Festive Q&A with Producer Julie Ryan
Trailer Released for Carmel Winters' Float Like a Butterfly
Caitriona Balfe Cast in New Netflix Series
IFTN Festive Q&A with Emily Taaffe of 'The Dig'

FEATURES & INTERVIEWS
IFTN Festive Q&A with Stefanie Preissner
IFTN Festive Q&A with Ann Skelly of 'Death & Nightingales'
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.


RELATED NEWS
Barry Keoghan Named Among The Hollywood Reporter's Television Rising Stars
17 Dec 2018 
New RTÉjr Animated Television Series ‘Critters TV’ in Production
13 Dec 2018 
RTÉ Unveils its 2019 Christmas Season Schedule - Make It Home This Christmas
05 Dec 2018 
Three Identical Strangers' Tim Wardle and Michael Harte Talk with IFTN
30 Nov 2018 
EDITOR'S PICK
Element Pictures' 'The Favourite' Receives Five Golden Globe Nominations
Lee Cronin's 'The Hole in The Ground' Secures Distribution Sales in Multiple Territories
Allan Cubitt Talks 'Death & Nightingales' with IFTN
Three Identical Strangers' Tim Wardle and Michael Harte Talk with IFTN
MORE ON IFTN
Irish Production Companies
Listings for Irish film & television production companies
What's In Production?
The latest info on projects filming in Ireland
Latest Industry Jobs
Job listings for Irish film & television crew

CONNECT WITH IFTN
Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed




 
 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors
 

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter