ICE Film Screening ‘Female Human Animal’ with Director Josh Appignanesi

24th Oct 2018, 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Creative Edge

Shot in the real-life contemporary art world of Liverpool and London, Female Human Animal is a psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.

When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?

With the Volksbuhne’s Marc Hosemann, Patrick O’Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), appearances from cultural figures like Juliet Jacques, Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy, new music by Andy Cooke, Tearist, and the iconic OMD, Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Leonora Carrington.

Filmed on a rare 1980s video camera with a uniquely lurid, nostalgic colour response, and deftly weaving fact and fiction, Surrealism and reality, Female Human Animal is a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms, paying homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking Lancastrian/Mexican artist, Leonora Carrington.

In 2015 Tate Liverpool staged a retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington (1917- 2011). Novelist Chloe Aridjis, who knew the artist from her native Mexico, was made guest curator of the exhibition, and Chloe closely collaborated with the director Josh on the film. Edge Hill University has supported the film since shooting began in 2015 during the sponsored Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

The film will be introduced by the Dept of Media’s Dr Lora Markova, post doc researcher in film and media. And following the film screening the Associate Director of ICE, Professor Roger Shannon, will be joined in conversation by lead actor and co-devisor Chloe Aridjis and director Josh Appignanesi.

This event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Female Human Animal

Dir. Josh Appignanesi

Starring and co-devised with: Chloe Aridjis

Exec Producer. Jacqui Davies

Prod: Sam Dobbyn

With new music by OMD’s Andy McCluskey.

UK, 2018, 73 mins


  • 6.00pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.30pm – Introduction and screening
  • 7.45pm – Director Q&A
  • 8.15pm – Networking and Refreshments


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