Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, Female Human Animal is a psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.
The Tate Gallery recently staged a retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington (1917- 2011), famously the lover of Max Ernst. Novelist Chloe Aridjis, who knew the artist from her native Mexico, was made guest curator of the exhibition.
Set between the real-life curation of the Tate show and something more fantasised, ‘Female Human Animal’ sees Chloe increasingly disappointed by her milieu — and increasingly haunted by Carrington’s strange artworks. When an elusive, brooding man seems to offer more, Chloe begins to pursue him, but is she hunter, or hunted? Enabled by Carrington’s own defiantly mysterious mythology, she descends into a world of obsession.
Deftly weaving fact and fiction, ‘Female Human Animal’ is a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms.
Official Selection BAFICI Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival 2018 – World premiere
Official Selection Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018



Year – 2018
Type of film – Features
Running Time – 75 mins
Format  – Analogue Video formats
Director – Josh Appignanesi
Producer – Josh Appignanesi, Sam Dobbyn
Executive Producer – Jacqui Davies
Editor – Martin Macdonald
Screenwriter – Josh Appignanesi, devised with Chloe Aridjis
Director of Photography – Tristan Chenais; Additional Cinematographers: Ben Barber, Richard Dunton, Michael Hobdell
Production Designer  –  Erik Rehl
Sound  –  Thomas Blazukas, Morgan Muse, Sam Boulton
Music – Andy Cooke, Andy McCluskey
Principal Cast – Chloe Aridjis, Marc Hosemann, Patrick O’Kane, Angus Wright



DoP Tristan Chenais London paris Director of photography Cinematographer Alexa Mini ©2018