Here’s where you can catch Sophie Hyde’s Animals Q&A screenings

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Director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), will join a series of special screenings of her new film Animals and take part in a Q&A after the movie.

Written by Emma Jane Unsworth based on her acclaimed novel of the same name and starring Holliday Grainger (Patrick Melrose, Anna Karenina) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Transparent), ANIMALS premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has just released in the UK.

Grainer and Shawkat play Laura and Tyler, flatmates and best friends for 10 years. After a decade of partying, their friendship is strained when Laura falls in love. But what is really stopping her from fulfilling her dreams?

A fierce and unapologetic celebration of female friendship, Animals is an intimate, funny and bittersweet examination of the challenges of turning talent into action, and being a modern woman, with faults, longings and competing desires.

Animals is an Official Australian/Irish Co-production by Closer Productions. Principal production investment from Screen Australia and the Irish Film Board. Financed with support from Adelaide Film Festival and South Australian Film Corporation.

“When I first read Emma’s novel Animals, I was struck by this visceral quality that felt familiar and strangely under examined. Emma’s book is an exquisite take on being a modern woman– a woman with faults and longings, a woman with a real live body and with competing desires,” said Hyde.

“Animals, the novel on which the film is based is accessible, funny, and unconventional, and it is grounded in a sense of untethered purpose brewing inside our central character. This tumult forms the grit of the film – a desire to live deeply and not succumb to conventional expectations of us as women – but also to acknowledge our desires for love, our ambition as creators and the needs that arise from these. It is kinetic and raw; a rom-com about two female friends and a portrait of a desiring woman emerging from 10 years of partying, to search for her place in the world,” she says.

Director Sophie Hyde is from Adelaide. Her debut fiction film – 52 Tuesdays (where she was director/producer/co-writer) – was set and shot every Tuesday for one year and won the directing award in World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her first episodic series F*!#ing Adelaide, which she created, produced and directed screened at Berlin Film Festival and Series Mania in 2018 and screened on Australia’s ABC1 and iView to glowing reviews.

She produced and co-directed the acclaimed feature documentary Life in Movement, winner of the Australian Documentary Prize in 2011 and the Cinedans Jury and Audience prizes. She has been commissioned to make made screen-based work for the National Portrait Gallery, Carriageworks and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She also works as a Producer and believes strongly in nurturing new voices.

Here’s where you can catch each Q&A screening:


Monday, 2 September
Q&A at Randwick Ritz 


Monday, 2 September
Intro at Newtown


Tuesday September 3
Intro screening at Lido


Tuesday September 3
Q&A at Cinema Nova



Wednesday September 4
Q&A at Luna Leederville



Thursday September 5
Q&A at Wallis Mitcham



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