STX/AI/Film4/Raw/Lava Bear (Derrin Schlesinger, Katherine
Butler, Dimitri Doganis & Mary Jane Skalski)
USA/UK 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 2018
W: Bart Layton
DP: Ole Bratt Birkeland
Ed: Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, Luke Dunkley & Julian
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.
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:
MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:
Wins: 1 (Best Film Editing)
Nominations: 1 (Best Screenplay - Original)
British Independent Film Awards (Best Debut Screenwriter, Best
Editing); Deauville Film Festival (Jury Prize)