American Animals

Nobody wants to be ordinary
Nobody wants to be ordinary


D: Bart Layton

STX/AI/Film4/Raw/Lava Bear (Derrin Schlesinger, Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis & Mary Jane Skalski)

USA/UKΒ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈΒ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§Β 2018

116 mins


W: Bart Layton

DP: Ole Bratt Birkeland

Ed: Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, Luke Dunkley & Julian Dart

Mus: Anne Nikitin

Evan Peters (Warren Lipka), Barry Keoghan (Spencer Reinhard), Blake Jenner (Chas Allen), Jared Abrahamson (Eric Borsuk), Udo Kier (Mr. Van Der Hoek)

This is not based on a true story, this is a true story. Or so we're told, as this film uncovers a real life amateur heist perpetrated by a group of university students, who planned a robbery of their campus library, home to valuable artwork and priceless first edition books.

American Animals has a narrative which is served incredibly well by excellent film editing, using interview footage with the real-life counterparts as the crime is being planned, as the script also pays homage to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. while all the performances are well acted by the cast of young men.

The 2018 release went under the radar somewhat during its cinema run, but is certainly worth a catch through home media.


American Animals
American Animals
Did You Know:
During filming the actors were not allowed to meet their real life counterparts because the director feared they would sympathise and/or play them in a certain light.

Award Wins & Nominations:


Wins: 1 (Best Film Editing)

Nominations: 1 (Best Screenplay - Original)


Wins: none

Nominations: none


Wins: none

Nominations: none


British Independent Film Awards (Best Debut Screenwriter, Best Editing); Deauville Film Festival (Jury Prize)