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