Toronto Film Festival buzz film Beast has unleashed its trailer in anticipation of its May 11 theatrical release. Roadside Attractions is teaming with 30WEST on Michael Pearce’s psychological drama, which made its U.S. premiere in the Spotlight section this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Beast was one of several splashy rights acquisitions at the Toronto fest by 30WEST, the new outfit co-founded by Dan Friedkin and Micah Green. Marking the feature-length debut of writer-director Pearce, it stars Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James and centers on a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs and learns her capabilities.
Beast is a Film4 and BFI presentation of an Agile Films and Stray Bear Films Production. The film was produced by Stray Bear Films’ Ivana MacKinnon and Lauren Dark with Kristian Brodie for Agile Films. Film4’s Sam Lavender, BFI’s Natascha Wharton, Agile Films’ Myles Payne and David Staniland, and David Kosse all serve as executive producers on the feature. It was developed and funded by Film4 and the BFI (with National Lottery funding).
Check out the trailer above.