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Facing your friendships and sorting out your 30s: the makers of Animals on the milestones women create

If you ever enjoyed a decade of going out and overdoing it with your best friend – or if you’re currently in the middle of those years -  Sophie Hyde’s Animals will be a bittersweet experience.

One of the most nuanced portraits of female friendship we’ve ever had in cinemas – previously, the bar was set by the brilliant but slapstick Bridesmaids – Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat star as Laura and Tyler, two friends who’ve partied their way through the last decade in Dublin, but Laura, played by Grainger, is, post 30, determined to settle down, get married  and forge ahead with her writing career. Tyler is struggling with her past and her own looming 30th birthday milestone.

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Wearing her scars: Vicky Knight makes stunning debut in Sacha Polak's 'Dirty God'

“I have found the strength to realise my worth,” says 23 year old Vicky Knight, star of Dutch director Sacha Polak’s new film Dirty God.

“I was just the girl with the scars. Now I am the girl with the movie – with the scars.”

Vicky is a health care assistant and now an actress – giving one of the great breakout performances of 2019 in Dirty God as Jade, a young single mother who has been deeply scarred in an acid attack. How much of that is physical, and how much worse is the mental torment, unfolds during the film. Bringing her attacker to justice forms about a minute of the plot. It’s all about the stages of shock and grief, mixed up together – denying, anger, bargaining, acceptance.

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