• 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 47min
  • Directed by: Michael Pearce
  • Cast: Jessie Buckley, Geraldine James, Johnny Flynn

On Jersey, a serial killer is targeting young girls while a young tour guide (Buckley) is struggling with her passive-aggressive mother (James). Pearce’s debut feature approaches the serial killer thriller from an impressively unconventional angle. James is brilliant as the outwardly respectable but cruel mother, Flynn is charismatic but Buckley’s achingly sensitive performance anchors it.

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Jessie Buckley on Beast: 'They gave into my bolshie Irishness'

29 Jan 2018

Actress discusses her film debut in Michael Pearce's striking and sinister debut, Beast

From auditioning for Andrew Lloyd Webber to playing the enigmatic lover of a suspected serial killer, via a Tom Hardy passion project and Tolstoy, Jessie Buckley's career has certainly kept us guessing. Born in Killarney, Ireland, her first brush with…


4 Oct 20174 stars

LFF 2017: A complex female is at the fore of Michael Pearce's striking and sinister debut

Polite society and conventional femininity form a suffocating straightjacket in the eerily intoxicating Beast. Set against a bucolic Jersey backdrop ravaged by an atmosphere of fear and mistrust, it drills deep into the muddled mind of its protagonist…

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