One of the more intriguing films that played on the festival circuit last year was Michael Pearce’s feature film debut BEAST, which premiered at Toronto and played Sundance and a few other festivals. 30East and Roadside Attractions picked up the rights to distribute the British crime-thriller with plans to release it on May 11, and they’ve released the first trailer.
It stars Jessie Buckley (Taboo) as Moll, a 27-year-old woman still living an isolated existence with her mother on an island community, who meets an exciting stranger named Pascal (Johnny Flynn from Genius) who she falls in love with, not realizing his dark past. When he’s arrested and charged for a series of local murders, Moll has to decide whether to stand with him against the accusations.
I generally liked Beast when I saw it, and I’ll be interested to see how it plays here, because in some ways, it’s very British, but it’s also more subdued then the typical crime-thriller with a romance angle.
You can check out the trailer below and see if you think it’s your cup of tea.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor