CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 15
  • Crime, Drama
  • 2010

Animal Kingdom

Film4 Animal Kingdom

Synopsis

Teenaged Josh (James Frecheville) gradually learns he may have as much to fear from his viciously criminal relatives as he does from the policemen determined to bring the Cody family to justice

About

Discomforting Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom is a difficult film to review, because all we really want to tell you is: go and see it. That would make for an incredibly brief review, so in the interests of making a better case, here are three more reasons that this story of a family of working class criminals from the land Down Under deserves your love.

1. Jacki Weaver's slow-burning role as a snake-eyed grandmother bestowing overly-lingering kisses on her grown-up grandsons is a mesmeric performance entirely worthy of the Oscar nomination it has received.

2. Animal Kingdom will renew your faith in the ability of the low-budget gangster movie to be a classy and well-made piece of cinema into the bargain.

3. You'll barely be able to believe this is director David Michod's first feature film - he shows plenty of more experienced professionals exactly how it ought to be done. He wrote the script too. Definitely a talent to watch.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Luke Ford
  • Director: David Michod
  • Screen Writer: David Michod

In a nutshell

Excellent Aussie crime drama thoroughly deserving of its across-the-board rave reviews. We repeat: go and see it.

by Catherine Bray

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 The Quiet Ones

    The Quiet Ones

    British scientist and university lecturer Dr Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) leads a dangerous experiment to discover the origin of poltergeist phenomena

  • Film4 Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half Of A Yellow Sun

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton star in a Nigerian historical drama based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies prize-winning novel

  • Film4 Goon

    Goon on Film4

    Seann William Scott stars as an ice hockey enforcer alongside Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber in a full-blooded sports comedy

  • Film4 The Inbetweeners Movie

    Rogues Gallery Season on Film4

    A season dedicated to memorable anti-heroes, mischief makers and black comedies with bad attitudes

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Four films announced for Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House 2014

    Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House celebrates its 10th anniversary this August with 14 nights of open-air screenings Celebrating ten years of classic, cult, and contemporary films in its open-ai

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Frank: a Twitter prequel

    Commissioning Executive Anna Higgs on creating a prequel to Lenny Abrahamson┬┐s Frank via the most natural storytelling medium possible for the character involved: Twitter The @JonBurroughs83 Twitter

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share