Beast, written and directed by local filmmaker Michael Pearce, is to be screened in Jersey on Wednesday 25 April, with a Q&A at Cineworld.
Pearce's first feature film, Beast was funded by the BFI and Film4 and had its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and had its European Premiere at the 2017 London Film Festival. In 2013 he made his first TV drama, Henry, through Channel Four’s Coming Up scheme and made the short, Keeping Up With The Joneses, through the BFI’s Shorts Scheme, the short was nominated at the 2014 BAFTA’s and BIFA’S. In 2011 he was named as one Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow when his short film, Rite, was nominated at the 2011 BAFTA’s and BIFA’s. The short played at over 40 international film festivals and won Best Film at Soho Rushes Festival, Message to Man Film Festival and Almeria Film Festival.
We were delighted to support Michael during the development of the film through grants, and residencies, and also accommodated some of the cast and crew in the production, and cannot wait to see it return to the island for the premiere. Beast has since been well received by film critics and audiences, you can watch the trailer below.
The Beast Premiere and Q&A will take place at, Cineworld Jersey on Wednesday 25 April. Tickets available here.
Moll (Jessie Buckley, TABOO, WAR AND PEACE) is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal (Johnny Flynn, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, LOVESICK) to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.