Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, Female Human Animal is a darkly romantic psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her. When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?
Shot on a rare '80s video camera with a unique look, and deftly weaving fact and fiction, Female Human Animal is a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms, putting on screen the lurid unconscious of our new sexual politics. Featuring cameos from cultural figures like Marina Warner, Juliet Jacques, Adam Thirlwell and Tom McCarthy, and new music from Andy Cooke, Yasmine Kittles and iconic band O.M.D., Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington.
The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with director Josh Appignanesi and lecturer Dr Sabina Stent, hosted by Professor Roger Shannon.
This screening is supported by B Film at the University of Birmingham.
(Film running time is 75 mins, followed by the Q&A of approx. 45 mins).
Charlie Phillips, The Observer
Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world-- and it's a triumph
Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
Appignanesi's extraordinary hybrid documentary fuses surrealism and reality.. A remarkable & surprising portrait of artist Leonora Carrington and novelist Chloe Aridjis
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