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Earth. Wind. Fire. Water. Sacrifice.  In Animal Kingdom a ritual carves a dimension that melds character, object, landscape and the very tactile makeup of the film itself into one mutating, symphonic mass of spell casting, storytelling, living, and dying.


An explosive account of cinema  as witchcraft.

Exploring the notion that all one needs to make a film is ‘a girl and a gun’, Animal Kingdom proposes an entirely fragmented narrative in which all characters are led like lambs to the slaughter as the film turns the gun on itself. Dean Kavanagh’s unique and tactile head-trip draws parallels “between the hidden forces of animality everywhere and the cinema medium as a storehouse of virtual powers” (Fergus Daly). Shot across an array of cameras and formats, Animal Kingdom is a sensory experience that depicts characters voyaging into the mechanistic recesses of the very film that projects them. 

Animal Kingdom was kindly funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

An Easter Film Production.

Principal Cast:

Cillian Roche

Anja Mahler

John Curran

Directed by Dean Kavanagh

Produced by Anja Mahler & Dean Kavanagh

Technical Specifications

Duration: 121 minutes

Aspect ratio:  2.39:1 Scope

Negative format: REDCODE RAW (6K, 4K), 70mm

Cinematographic process: Digital Intermediate (4K) [Master format]

Sound mix: D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Distribution format: 4K DCP

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