Century Larkspur Fri, Oct 11, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:109 min.
Director:Sophie Hyde
Producer:Sarah Brocklehurst
Rebecca Summerton
Cormac Fox
Sophie Hyde
Screenwriter:Emma Jane Unsworth
Cinematographer:Bryan Mason
Editor:Bryan Mason
Cast:Holliday Grainger
Alia Shawkat
Print Source:Closer Productions
Vico Films
Sarah Brocklehurst Productions
Note Writer:David Fear


Laura (Holliday Grainger, Tell It to the Bees) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat, Arrested Development) are the sort of best friends who have no use for boundaries. They share clothes, an apartment, and a love of drinking and "medicating" their way into Dublin’s boho-chic demimonde. Still, all that hedonism isn’t helping Laura finish her novel. When the twentysomething writer gets engaged to a promising concert pianist, she must choose between a life where the fun never stops and a world where she has to act like a—gasp!—grown-up. A Withnail & I for millennials, Sophie Hyde’s adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth's bestseller nails that fraught moment when the curtain comes down on the party of youth and you’re unsure what comes next. But it’s the way the killer double act of Grainger (on simmer) and Shawkat (on the boil and beautifully incendiary) captures the ebb and flow of female friendships—from late-night revelry to take-no-prisoners truth-telling—that makes Animals such a beautifully bittersweet delight.

Thank you to our Community Partners Irish Culture Bay Area and the San Francisco Irish Film Festival!

Additional Information

After starting her career making shorts and documentaries, Sophie Hyde made her narrative feature debut with 52 Tuesdays (2013). Shot on successive Tuesdays over one year, the film won the World Cinema Dramatic directing award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Among her other projects are the documentary feature, Life in Movement (2011), winner of the Australian Documentary Prize and jury and audience prizes at the Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival. She is a co-founder of film collaborative Closer Productions. Animals (2019) is her second feature.