Animals the movie started shooting on March 12th in Dublin, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. What they are making – with director Sophie Hyde and a phenomenal team of set designers, assistant directors, lighting, sound and camera operators, make up, hair and costume designers – is beyond all of our wildest dreams. I’ve spent most of the past three weeks on set. I think I want to live on a film set forever please. Also I felt a bit like John Malkovich when John Malkovich goes inside John Malkovich’s head.
I wrote a piece about childbirth for The Pool and you can read it here. WARNING: it ain’t pretty.
So I appreciate the intense irony of this, but I wrote an essay about social-media anxiety for Radio 3 and it was made pick of the week on Radio 4, and you can listen to me reading it here:
BIG news: supreme Manc ginge Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations, Cinderella, The Borgias) will play Laura in Animals the movie – directed by the extraordinary and fearless Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays).
More details over on Screen International: http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/cannes/holliday-grainger-52-tuesdays-director-team-on-animals/5103976.article
Here’s me, Sophie (middle) and Sarah Brocklehurst – the producer who’s made it all happen – in Manchester location-scouting back in March.
Massive shout-out also to Celine Haddad and everyone at Creative England who has helped with the project’s development. You all rock hard.
Mighty chuffed that Animals is the Emily Books book of the month for February!
The French edition of Animals was published this week by the brilliant Fleuve Editions. My favourite cover, I think. The amorous deer are the work of the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. It’s first time he’s allowed his art to be used for a book cover and I feel very honoured.