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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).

Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world-- and it's a triumph

Charlie Phillips, The Observer

Appignanesi's extraordinary hybrid documentary fuses surrealism and reality.. A remarkable & surprising portrait of artist Leonora Carrington and novelist Chloe Aridjis

Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.