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.
In 2015, Tate 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 become increasingly haunted by Carrington’s strange artworks. When an elusive, brooding man appears, Chloe begins to pursue him, but is she hunter, or hunted?
Shot on a rare 1980s video camera with a uniquely lurid, nostalgic colour response, and deftly weaving fact and fiction, Female Human Animal is a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms.
With cast including Volksbuhne’s Marc Hosemann, Patrick O’Kane, and Angus Wright, and a host of real-life luminaries from the art and literary worlds, plus new music from OMD’s Andy McCluskey, Tearist’s Yasmine Kittles, and composer Andy Cooke, Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington, in her centenary year.
Starring Guggenheim-winning novelist Chloe Aridjis (Book of Clouds, Asunder) Shot at TATE Liverpool
A feature film by Josh Appignanesi (The New Man, The Infidel, Song of Songs)
Produced by Jacqui Davies (The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Richard Billingham’s RAY& LIZ)
Run Time: 91 Mins / Cert: TBC (expected 15)
Format: DCP / ProRes / Blu Ray
Funded by Arts Council England
This clip is from an early unfinished cut of the film , and the password to watch it is: whathaveyoudone