It’s a funny old time in your life when you’re approaching 30. Young enough not to care, but old enough to know better. It’s a tumultuous, complex time and one captured to perfection in Sophie Hyde’s Sundance hit, Animals – based on the novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, who also penned the screenplay.

We sat down with these two immensely talented women, as they discuss the themes in the film, as well as their joy that actresses Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat both signed up to play the leading two roles. Unsworth tells us whether she had always visualised a film adaptation of her words, and the pair also go on to talk about their exciting, upcoming projects.

Watch the full interview below:


Long-time friends and party-lovers Laura and Tyler navigate life and love in Dublin, Ireland. However, the girls find themselves drifting apart when Laura becomes engaged. Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth.

Animals is released in cinemas on August 2nd