The British director made his feature debut in 2012 with the critically acclaimed doc The Imposter, about a Spanish man, Frédéric Bourdin, who claimed to be a missing Texas teenager, boldly deceiving the family and authorities. Layton won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for the film.
American Animals is Layton’s narrative debut, but it similarly tracks a stranger-than-fiction tale of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own. The film stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, and Udo Kier.
American Animals was acquired by Orchard and MoviePass Ventures in an innovative $3M deal out of Sundance that marked MoviePass’ entry into film distribution. It is set for a June 1 release.
Layton, the Creative Director of leading British production company RAW, is the creator, producer, and director of numerous award-winning television series and specials. He continues to be represented in the UK by Casarotto/Ramsay & Associates.