I can’t wait for this. Animal Kingdom is the debut feature film for Australian writer/director David Michôd. It is a slow-burning Melbourne-based crime drama starring Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton. The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Obviously mindful that homegrown crime drama is the current trend de jour on Australian television, Michôd told The Australian newspaper, “I went to great lengths to make a piece of cinema as opposed to a TV show…it’ll be interesting to see how it stands apart and whether or not this kind of strange Australian fascination with Australian crime stories can carry over to the big screen.” Animal Kingdom is scheduled for a May 6 release in Australia. Take a look at the teaser trailer below.
Michôd is a Universtiy of Melbourne grad and was editor of Inside Film magazine between 2003 and 2006. He first garnered international attention in 2008 when Crossbow (which he wrote and directed) premiered at Sundance along with two other shorts he co-wrote, Nash Edgerton’s Spider, and Spencer Susser’s zombie film I Love Sarah Jane. You can scope out Spider below. Directed by Nash Edgerton, written by David Michôd and Nash Edgerton and with a soundtrack by Ben Lee, Spider was shot in Sydney; starring Nash himself (as Jack) and rising Australian star Mirrah Foulkes.
And for the design freaks like me, here’s a look at the Sundance poster for Animal Kingdom, designed by the Australian film industry’s go-to guy Jeremy Saunders (whose credits include Candy, Gettin’ Square and Balibo).