BEAST

by Michael Pearce

Informations

Nation: UK

Year: 2017

Length: 107'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Moll lives on the Channel Island of Jersey. Even though she is twenty-seven years old, she still lives with her parents. What keeps her there is the small, rather oppressive community which surrounds her and her morbid relationship with her elderly father and very strict mother. Everything changes when she meets Pascal, a foreigner she knows virtually nothing about but who wins her over with his free spirit. Moll, who is hopelessly in love, goes to live with him and begins a new life. But her happiness is short-lived: Pascal is accused of having committed a series of brutal murders. Despite the hostility and the pressure of the locals, Moll stands by her man. But she will have to pay the consequences of this decision.

Director

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce (Jersey, UK), director and screenwriter, studied film directing at the Art Institute of Bournemouth. He completed his studies at the National Film & Television School: Madrugada (2008), his graduating short film, received the Best Short Award at the Royal Television Society Awards. He next directed Rite (2010), which participated at various international festivals and at the BAFTA; Keeping Up with the Joneses (2013), presented at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival; and the episode Henry of the TV series Coming Up (2013). Beast is his first feature film. 

Filmography:
filmografia/filmography
Madrugada (cm, 2008), Rite (cm, 2010), Up with the Joneses (cm, 2013), Coming Up (serie tv/tv series, ep. Henry, 2013), Beast (2017).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Michael Pearce
fotografia/cinematography
Benjamin Kračun
montaggio/film editing
Maya Maffioli
scenografia/production design
Laura Ellis-Cricks
costumi/costume design
Jo Thompson
musica/music
Jim Williams
suono/sound
Gunnar Óskarsson
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jessie Buckley (Moll), Johnny Flynn (Pascal), Trystan Gravelle (Clifford), Geraldine James (Hilary)
produttori/producers
Ivan MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, Kristian Brodie
produzione/production
Agile Films, Stay Bear Films


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contatti/contacts
Protagonist Pictures
David Bartholomew
david@protagonistpictures.com
www.protagonistpictures.com

Director statement

“I grew up in Jersey and I knew I wanted to make my first film there; it has a very unique landscape – scenic and wild – but it’s also quite conservative in terms of its values and its culture […]. As a child it was both freeing and a little stifling.”

Synopsis Learn more

Moll lives on the Channel Island of Jersey. Even though she is twenty-seven years old, she still lives with her parents. What keeps her there is the small, rather oppressive community which surrounds her and her morbid relationship with her elderly father and very strict mother. Everything changes when she meets Pascal, a foreigner she knows virtually nothing about but who wins her over with his free spirit. Moll, who is hopelessly in love, goes to live with him and begins a new life. But her happiness is short-lived: Pascal is accused of having committed a series of brutal murders. Despite the hostility and the pressure of the locals, Moll stands by her man. But she will have to pay the consequences of this decision.

Director All about direction

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce (Jersey, UK), director and screenwriter, studied film directing at the Art Institute of Bournemouth. He completed his studies at the National Film & Television School: Madrugada (2008), his graduating short film, received the Best Short Award at the Royal Television Society Awards. He next directed Rite (2010), which participated at various international festivals and at the BAFTA; Keeping Up with the Joneses (2013), presented at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival; and the episode Henry of the TV series Coming Up (2013). Beast is his first feature film. 

Filmography:
filmografia/filmography
Madrugada (cm, 2008), Rite (cm, 2010), Up with the Joneses (cm, 2013), Coming Up (serie tv/tv series, ep. Henry, 2013), Beast (2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Michael Pearce
fotografia/cinematography
Benjamin Kračun
montaggio/film editing
Maya Maffioli
scenografia/production design
Laura Ellis-Cricks
costumi/costume design
Jo Thompson
musica/music
Jim Williams
suono/sound
Gunnar Óskarsson
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jessie Buckley (Moll), Johnny Flynn (Pascal), Trystan Gravelle (Clifford), Geraldine James (Hilary)
produttori/producers
Ivan MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, Kristian Brodie
produzione/production
Agile Films, Stay Bear Films


**
contatti/contacts
Protagonist Pictures
David Bartholomew
david@protagonistpictures.com
www.protagonistpictures.com

Director statement Read more

“I grew up in Jersey and I knew I wanted to make my first film there; it has a very unique landscape – scenic and wild – but it’s also quite conservative in terms of its values and its culture […]. As a child it was both freeing and a little stifling.”