The rough beauty of nature and the suffocating atmosphere of an island community formed the building blocks for the feature debut of Michael Pearce, who set the story on Jersey, the island where he was born.

Moll (27) still lives with her senile father and her dominant mother, who belittles her and keeps her on a short leash. When she runs into the lawless poacher Pascal, she sees stars – to the predictable dismay of her affluent family.

Moll’s sexuality blossoms belatedly and is combined in Beast with a darker thriller element: the island is obsessed by a series of unsolved murders of young women and the police has set its sights on Pascal. Moll is unswerving in her loyalty; her love for the outcast is her armour against the interference of the community. The fact that they both carry a secret with them strengthens their bond.

The irresistible teamwork of newcomers Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn is a great bonus in this film, which surprises time and again.

  
Filmmaker
Michael Pearce
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
107’
Language
English
Producer
Kristian Brodie, Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark
Production Company
Agile Films, Stray Bear Productions
Sales
Protagonist Pictures
Writer
Michael Pearce
Cinematography
Benjamin Kracun
Editor
Maya Maffioli
Production Design
Laura Ellis-Cricks
Sound Design
Gunnar Óskarsson
Music
Jim Williams
Cast
Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, Geraldine James, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Olwen Fouere, Shannon Tarbet
Website
http://michael-pearce.com/beast.html