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Rare Beasts Rated 15

Rare Beasts

Dir. Billie Piper. UK, 2020. 1h 31m. Starring Billie Piper, Leo Bill, Lily James, David Thewlis, Kerry Fox.

Mandy is a single mother, an author, and a modern woman in crisis. Raising a son in the midst of a female revolution and mining the pain of her parents’ separation for work, she falls for a troubled man who’s searching for a sense of worth. British actor Billie Piper stars in her own directorial debut, a dark and daring anti-rom-com about a modern woman’s struggles in work and love.

'A red-raw slab of heart-on-sleeve energy which does everything bar reaching through the screen to rattle your seat for a reaction. Rare Beasts is a provocative, energising and angry work.' ★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies

'Billie Piper’s ambitious, darkly funny directorial debut suggests the arrival of a new filmmaker with a vision, verve and a voice.' ★★★★ Terri White, Empire Magazine