Animal Kingdom

(2010)

Welcome to the Melbourne underworld. Following the death of his mother, seventeen year–old Joshua 'J' Cody (newcomer James Frecheville) moves in with his hitherto–estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Janine 'Smurf' Cody (Jacki Weaver), and her three criminal sons – the Cody boys. Eldest son and armed robber, Andrew 'Pope' Cody (Ben Mendelsohn) is in hiding from a gang of renegade detectives. Middle brother Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a successful but volatile drug dealer, whilst the youngest Cody, Darren (Luke Ford), naïvely follows his elder brothers' lead. Just as 'Pope's' business partner and best friend, Barry Brown (Joel Edgerton), decides that he wants out of the game, recognising that their days of old–school banditry are all but over, tensions between the family and the police explode. 'J' finds himself at the centre of a cold–blooded revenge plot that turns his family upside down and which throws him directly into the path of senior homicide detective, Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce). "Animal Kingdom" is a powerful crime drama exploring the tense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the ordinary lives caught in the middle.

EXCLUSIVE: Jacki Weaver Talks ‘Animal Kingdom’

When the Golden Globe nominations were announced last month, you might have come across a name you hadn't seen before in the Best Supporting Actress category. Right there alongside Mila, Helena, Amy and Melissa is Australian actress Jacki Weaver, who turns in an absolutely riveting performance in David Michôd's down-under crime saga Animal Kingdom. Jacki Weaver plays Janine "Smurf" Cody, the fascinating matriarch at the head of a dysfunctional crime family, whose world gets shaken up when their teenage relative Joshua comes to live with them after his mother's drug overdose.

I read that David Michôd wrote the role of Janine specifically for you. Can you talk about your initial reaction to the script and this amazing character?

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: ‘Animal Kingdom’ Cast & Crew Interviews

In the tradition of great American crime dramas like Mean Streets and Goodfellas comes the new Australian film Animal Kingdom, opening on August 13th, which revolves around the Melbourne underworld. The film focuses on a Melbourne crime family who's bonds are tested when their orphaned nephew (James Frecheville) comes to live with them and they begin to feel pressure from a police officer played by Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential). We recently had a chance to sit down with the film's director David Michôd as well as some of his cast including Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton and newcomer James Frecheville to talk about the exciting new movie, its powerful subject matter and it's American film influences. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clips below.

Welcome to the Melbourne underworld. Following the death of his mother, seventeen year-old Joshua 'J' Cody (newcomer James Frecheville) moves in with his hitherto-estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting Grandmother, Janine 'Smurf' Cody (Jacki Weaver), and her three criminal sons ... the Cody boys. Eldest son and armed robber, Andrew 'Pope' Cody (Ben Mendelsohn) is in hiding from a gang of renegade detectives. Middle brother Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a successful but volatile drug dealer, whilst the youngest Cody ... Darren (Luke Ford), naïvely follows his elder brothers' lead. Just as 'Pope's' business partner and best friend, Barry Brown (Joel Edgerton), decides that he wants out of the game, recognizing that their days of old-school banditry are all but over, tensions between the family and the police explode. 'J' finds himself at the centre of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns his family upside down and which throws him directly into the path of senior homicide detective, Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce). Animal Kingdom is a powerful crime drama exploring the tense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the ordinary lives caught in the middle.

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New ‘Animal Kingdom’ International Trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has released a new international trailer for the upcoming indie hit film Animal Kingdom, which currently doesn't have an American release date as of yet, but be released in Australia on June 3. Click on the video player below to take a look at director David Michod's hit film.

Director David Michod's Animal Kingdom stars Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton, James Frecheville, Dan Wyllie, Anthony Hayes, Laura Wheelwright and will be released in Australia on June 3. We'll be sure to keep you posted when an American release date is announced.

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Sony Pictures Classics Delights in ‘Animal Kingdom’

http://movieweb.com/movie/animal-kingdom/ In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the U.S. and Latin American rights to David Michod's debut feature Animal Kingdom.

The film had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

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