Sophie Hyde’s Animals Gets UK Distributor

Ahead of its European Premiere later this month, Picturehouse Entertainment has picked up the UK rights to Sophie Hyde’s Animals.

The film stars stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat as near thirty something women who refuse to accept what life is bringing them in their thirties.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth, and directed by Sophie Hyde who made the critically acclaimed LGBT film 52 Tuesdays. Her latest film is a celebration of female friendship and feminism.

Picturehouse Entertainment MD Claire Binns commented: “Audiences are going to love a night on the tiles with Sophie Hyde’s Animals. It’s fresh, dynamic and obscenely hilarious, and a unique, unflinching take on contemporary womanhood. It has a truthfulness about the dilemmas we all face, and this mix of comedy and honesty makes Hyde one of the most fearless and exciting directors around.”

Check out this film clip from the film…


Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party – drink, drugs and general debauchery infuse their lives while their careers and lives remain on hold. As they drift into their thirties, reality begins to bite, but Laura and Tyler will not be tamed so easily.

When aspiring writer Laura meets the devilishly handsome musician, Jim, sparks fly. As their relationship intensifies, Laura’s friendship with Tyler comes under pressure. Tyler wants to keep the party going, living a life without limitation as Laura begins to settle into a relationship with Jim. But nothing is ever that simple, and Laura begins to struggle with a more straight-laced approach to life.

As the fabric of the friendship between Laura and Tyler begins to fray, the bond between these two siren soulmates starts to implode. With their old life starting to slip away they face a crossroads. As they battle with the realities of life, new opportunities present themselves that might carry them beyond their past hedonism.

A celebration of female friendship and the choices we make, ANIMALS is an honest, unconventional and very funny snapshot of two very modern women.

Animals will make it’s European Premiere at Sundance Film Festival: London on Friday 31 May. To show how popular Sophie Hyde’s film is, the gala screening sold out in record time.

The film will be released cinematically in the UK and Ireland from 2nd August.

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