Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Director: David Michôd Cast: James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton

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A youngster is given an inside look at a criminal empire that also happens to be his family in this independent drama. Teenage Joshua Cody (James Frecheville) is suddenly on his own after his mother's drug habit catches up with her, and he's taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), usually regarded as the black sheep of the family. Joshua quickly learns Smurf's reputation is well deserved; she and her four sons are members of a mid-level crime syndicate that operates out of her home in Melbourne. Baz (Joel Edgerton) looks after the money and is urging Smurf to move into something legit, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn) is a criminal jack-of-all-trades who never lets go of a grudge, Darren (Luke Ford) is an enforcer with an unfortunate weak streak, and Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a drug dealer who has become addicted to his own product. When Baz is murdered, the family's voice of reason is gone, and the unstable Pope takes the lead in the family's hierarchy; as suspicions fall on Joshua, the quiet newcomer is moved out of the house to keep him safe. Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce) is a police detective who has found out who Joshua is and what he knows, and he tries to convince the teenager to help him put the Cody family behind bars, though Joshua isn't certain about his loyalties to these outlaws who are also his blood. The first feature film from director David Michod, Animal Kingdom was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2011
UPC: 0043396368927
Original Release: 2010
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 35,870

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director David Michôd; Creating Animal Kingdom; Q&A with Director David Michôd and Actors Jacki Weaver and James Frecheville

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Frecheville Joshua 'J' Cody
Ben Mendelsohn Andrew 'Pope' Cody
Joel Edgerton Barry 'Baz' Brown
Guy Pearce Detective Senior Sgt. Nathan Leckie
Luke Ford Darren Cody
Jacki Weaver Janine 'Smurf' Cody
Sullivan Stapleton Craig Cody
Daniel Wyllie Ezra White
Anthony Hayes Detective Justin Norris
Laura Wheelwright Nicky Henry
Mirrah Foulkes Catherine Brown
Justin Rosniak Detective Randall Roche
Susan Prior Alicia Henry
Clayton Jacobson Gus Emery
Anna Lise Phillips Barrister Justine Hopper
Tim Phillipps Const. Daniel Hordern
Josh Helman Const. Peter Simmons
Kieran Darcy-Smith John Harrop
Jack Heanly Andy Emery
Andy McPhee Richard Collis
Christina Azucena Dacinta Collis
Jacquie Brennan Sarah Leckie
Ben Ouwehand Scott Leckie
Anthony Ahern Armed Robbery Detective
Bryce Lindemann Paramedic #1
Paul Smits Paramedic #2
Michael Vice Hood #1
Chris Weir Hood #2
Sarah Nguyen Waitress
Lucia Cai Cashier
Ann Michôd Shopper
Michael Cody Police Radio
Bert Labonte PSG Santo
James Saunders PSG Gary
Dom Phelan PSG Tom
Brenda Palmer Smurf's Neighbor
Tom Noble Court Warden
Daniel Roche SOG
David Michôd Reporter

Technical Credits
David Michôd Director,Screenwriter
Adam Arkapaw Cinematographer
Luke Doolan Editor
Jo Ford Production Designer
Cappi Ireland Costumes/Costume Designer
Phil Jones Asst. Director
Kirsty McGregor Casting
Janie Parker Art Director
Anthony Partos Score Composer
Sam Petty Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Sheehan Executive Producer
Bec Smith Executive Producer
Peter Stubbs Special Effects Supervisor
Liz Watts Producer

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Animal Kingdom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
toseeandnottosee More than 1 year ago
Animal Kingdom was a film I initially bought with no expectations; yet, I am glad to say my $24 dollars was well spent on a premise different from most, with a 17 year old Australian teenager caught between the life of loyalty and the life of morality. From the get-go, the film blasts through at a fast pace, keeping your eyes glued to the screen, making the audience guess what's happening next. Yet, the director plays with these expectations, and delivers a good story no one could have predicted. The middle slows downs considerably, but only for a short period; the ending, or even Act 3, picks up that same pace found in the beginning of the film, delivering a knock-out surprise in the end. Dialogue is fantastic; characters are credible; and it is a worthy film to consider buying.