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God’s Creatures / Exclusive Video Interview with Directors Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis

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In a perfect world, people who make the effort to see God’s Creatures, the Ireland-set drama co-directed by Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits) and Saela Davis, will start a conversation about the meaning of “right” and “wrong” after seeing what one mother goes through to protect her son.

Emily Watson (Punch-Drunk Love) stars as Aileen O’Hara, a long-time resident of an Irish fishing village, whose son Brian (Paul Mescal from Normal People) returns home from Australia, and immediately gets himself into trouble. Brian has been accused of something horrible by a local girl, Sarah (Aisling Franciosi), putting Aileen into a sticky situation that forces her into the middle of a community divided by the accusations against Brian.

Ms. Holmer and Ms. Davis come to filmmaking from backgrounds in camera and editing, respectively, but as they told CinemaDailyUS’ Edward Douglas in the video interview you can watch (above/below?), it was important for them to focus on directing when it came to a movie that’s far outside their normal worlds. In the interview, you can also hear them talk about how they cast Watson and Mescal, plus lots more about God’s Creatures.

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Paul Mescal (L) and Emily Watson in God’s Creatures. Courtesy A24.

A24’s summary of the film:

In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic.

A24 will release God’s Creatures into select theaters on Friday, September 30.

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Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies for over 20 years. 13 of those years was at ComingSoon.net, followed by writing for outlets such as Film Journal, Den of Geek, The New York Daily News, Gold Derby, Below the Line, and many more.


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