A sleek looking film, beautifully framed and styled. Clever and thrilling, thought provoking and sad. Nocturnal Animals runs two stories, one in the current day and one symbolic of a past relationship between the two leads. I enjoy this type of film, with a relaxed pace and an intriguing story that stays with you when you leave the cinema. I highly recommend it.
Written & directed by Tom Ford. Starring Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal
Nocturnal Animals is a cautionary tale about coming to terms with the choices that we make as we move through life and of the consequences that our decisions may have. In an increasingly disposable culture where everything including our relationships can be so easily tossed away, this is a story of loyalty, dedication and of love. It is a story of the isolation that we all feel, and of the importance of valuing the personal connections in life that sustain us – Tom Ford
Nocturnal Animals is the second film from writer/director Tom Ford, following the acclaimed and award- winning A Single Man in 2009. The film follows one woman caught between her past and her present.
For the filmmaker, in adapting Austin Wright’s 1993 book, Tony and Susan, into a film, he found himself once again concentrating with equal intensity on both the written word and the moving image.
Ford comments, “Writing is one of the parts of filmmaking that I love the most. In the screenplay phase the process is entirely singular, and as the film at that point exists only in my mind it is in its most perfect form. When I write, I begin by collecting images that relate to the characters and their worlds. I look for images of interiors, locations, actual people who inhabit the different worlds of the characters that I am creating. I then start to write and often actually write into the screenplay the details that I have come across when doing photo research.
The worlds our characters inhabit in Nocturnal Animals are two worlds that I am incredibly familiar with. Growing up in Texas and New Mexico, the part of the story that takes place in West Texas was easy for me to write, and the somewhat rarified world that Susan inhabits in Los Angeles is far too familiar to me as well."
Actors: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal. Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen
Casting: Francine Maisler, CSA
Costume Design: Arianne Phillips. Music, Abel Korzeniowski. Film Editor, Joan Sobel, ACE
Production Design: Shane Valentino
Director of Photography: Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC. Co-Producer, Diane L. Sabatini
Based on the novel by Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Produced, Screenplay and Directed by Tom Ford
A Focus Features presentation of a Fade To Black production