Running Time: 107min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition
Something sinister is brewing in the small island town of Jersey. Four young girls have been brutally murdered, and the killer is still roaming free. And then there’s Moll. With a history of mental illness and a mother that keeps her on a tight leash, she’s starting to crack under the strain of it all. Suddenly, a newfound liberation comes in the form of Pascal. Quiet, brooding, and a little dangerous, Moll instantly gets swept up in a passionate romance with the outsider, who happens to be a prime suspect for the murders.
Part forbidden romance, part murder mystery, and part psychological thriller, Beast is a wild ride that constantly subverts your expectations. Featuring an intense breakout performance from Jessie Buckley as the troubled Moll, first time writer-director Michael Pearce has crafted a visceral and utterly captivating picture about the darkness we bury deep inside us – and what happens when it begins to claw its way out.
Director: Michael Pearce
Producer: Kristian Brodie, Lauren Dark, Ivana MacKinnon, Greg McManus
Screenwriter: Michael Pearce
Executive Producer: David Kosse, Sam Lavender, Myles Payne, David Staniland, Natascha Wharton
Cinematographer: Benjamin Kracun
Editor: Maya Maffioli