David Michôd’s Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom is well on the way to becoming one our country’s biggest cultural exports. Sony’s specialty label, Sony Pictures Classics, has acquired distribution rights for the film in the United States.
Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film tells the story of a young man (James Frecheville) who must navigate survival amongst a criminal family. It also stars Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jackie Weaver and Anthony Hayes.
The New York Times recently profiled Michôd in an article about Blue-Tongue Films, an Australian filmmaking collective that also includes the Edgerton brothers and Luke Doolan, writer/director of the Oscar nominated short film Miracle Fish.
The signs all seem to point towards success for Michôd’s Animal Kingdom’s. Distribution rights for the film have also been purchased in the UK, France, Italy, Russia and Scandinavian countries.
Most importantly, Animal Kingdom will hit Australian cinemas April 29th. It goes head to head with Iron Man 2. Clearly, distributor Madman has a lot of faith in their product.
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