Sunniva O'Flynn (IFI) on Animal Kingdom
"Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh’s latest work is a genre-defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus. The film concerns a character (played with corporeal intensity by Cillian Roche) who happens upon a group undergoing bestial metamorphosis. Narrative is not at the forefront of what is essentially a sensory onslaught, a complex and thrilling film that is sonically and visually stunning with disturbing performances from Roche, Anja Mahler and John Curran.
A film that demands to be seen in a cinema environment , critic Fergus Daly describes it as “a film-animal, repetitively clawing out its singular territorial space. ”
An exciting addition to the catalogue of underground films made by Kavanagh and colleagues over the last decade heralding a new direction in Irish cinema."
- Sunniva O'Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming at the IFI Irish Film Institute