Keswick Film Festival

Sunday 13th February 9:00 PM - Alhambra

Animal Kingdom

Director: David Michôd Country: Australia
Cert: 15 Year: 2010 Length: 113 mins
2011 Festival
Animal Kingdom

Audience Reaction

Score: 82.69% Attendance: 60


James Grecheville holds his own as young J Cody among a fine corps of veteran Australian actors in the directorial debut of former film-journalist Michôd. The teenager's mother dies of a heroin overdose and he goes to live with his criminal family, presided over by Grandma Smurf (Jacki Weaver) in a sociopathic approach to the human condition. The narrative cleverly downplays the gangster violence, keeping the audience on the edge.


It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to human nature and the unstoppable laws of the wild.
Amy Biancolli, Sf Chronicle


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