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The actress, 31, on mind reading on the Tube and playing a hard-partying Dubliner in new film Animals

How was it filming all the drinking scenes in animals? there are a lot of them!

Yes, there are. We were drinking a lot of apple juice so there were sugar highs. It’s kind of interesting to track that continuity of drunkenness. You’ve just got to remember what it feels like.

Were you inspired by any of your friends, naming no names?

Definitely. It’s all from aspects of every friendship I have or from people I see.

What kind of party person are you?

Obviously I’ve been through my stages, my blowout stage — haven’t we all? — but I’m pretty good now. One thing about getting older is hangovers are harder. And you’ve got to have a lot of stamina when you’re on a shoot. I can’t burn the candle at both ends like I used to.

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The actor swaps period drama for partying hard in the film Animals, a subtle look at female friendship. She talks about playing drunk in Dublin and perfecting an Irish accent.

Holliday Grainger turned 30 last year in Dublin, while shooting her new film. In Animals, she plays Laura, a 32-year-old writer trying to balance the odd pressure of how she feels she should be behaving, and how she wants to behave. “I think there is a pressure on people,” Grainger says about reaching that age. “It’s – what are you doing with your life?” Though the film is set against the sort of dedicated partying that is outrageously fun, until it isn’t, Animals is also a subtle, unsettling look at the expectations placed on women by themselves, their friends, their families and lovers, as well as the world around them.

“It was this weird day,” Grainger recalls of her 30th. She and her co-star Alia Shawkat, who plays the more hedonistic Tyler, were filming a scene in which they visit Laura’s baby niece for the first time, nursing bone-crushing hangovers. “And they have an argument about joining the baby club or not.” Two of Grainger’s best friends, and their own babies, had flown out to visit her. “So on set were my best friends, their babies, and we were filming a scene about the choice between having a baby or not, and turning 30.” The director, she says, was excited about the synchronicity.

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Holly has been announced as a judge on The Portico Library Prize 2019! You may have header of Portico Library as a 213-year-old independent subscription library and exhibitions space in Manchester City Centre. Still housed in its original purpose-built venue on Mosley Street, it is now open free to the public six days a week for an eclectic calendar of exhibitions and events, complementing the unique collection of books, archives and illustrations spanning over 450 years.

As we know, Holliday’s birth city is Manchester, so we bet she is truly proud of being invited to join this year prize as a judge!

Holliday Grainger is a stage and screen actor. Holliday has just wrapped filming as the lead role of Rachel in The Capture for BBC 1. She will next be seen as the lead role of Laura opposite Alia Shawkat in Animals, adapted from the popular Manchester-based novel of the same name, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance and opens this summer.

After attending Leeds University, Holliday completed a BA in English Literature with The Open University alongside appearing in productions including The Borgias, Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina and starring as Estella in Mike Newell’s film adaptation of Great Expectations.

Her later film credits include Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Tulip Fever and My Cousin Rachel, recently appearing in Melrose alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K Rowling’s The Strike Series for HBO/BBC.

 

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According to Animal’s screenwriter Emma Unsworth, Animals will have its UK and Ireland premiere starting on August 2nd!

Clare Binns, joint M.D. of Picturehouse, said: “[The film] is fresh, dynamic and obscenely hilarious, and a unique, unflinching take on contemporary womanhood. It has a truthfulness about the dilemmas we all face, and this mix of comedy and honesty makes Hyde one of the most fearless and exciting directors around.”

The film is produced by Sarah Brocklehurst, BAFTA nominated for “Black Pond,” with Rebecca Summerton and Hyde for Closer Productions, and Cormac Fox for Vico Films. It was developed with the assistance of Creative England and Screen Australia.

The pic will have its European premiere at the Sundance Film Festival: London on May 31.

Cornerstone Films is handling world sales and is co-repping North America with UTA.

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Great casting news! Holly has joined, another, historical movie, now a romance! The production will start this summer in Ireland and New York.

Jamie Dornan (A Private War) and Holliday Grainger (Animals) have been set to star in romance Wild Mountain Thyme from John Patrick Shanley (Doubt) who is adapting his hit Broadway stage play Outside Mullingar.

HanWay will launch sales in Cannes on the project, which is set against the landscapes of rural Ireland. Dornan and Grainger will play obstinate star-crossed lovers, whose families are caught up in a feud over a hotly contested patch of land that separates their two farms.

Pic was developed by Mar-Key Pictures, Likely Story and Port Pictures and is produced by Leslie Urdang (The Seagull), Anthony Bregman (Foxcatcher) with Alex Witchel, and Martina Niland (Once) of Port Pictures. Andrew Kramer will executive produce.

The film is due to go into production this summer in Ireland and New York and will feature the song ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ written by Francis McPeake and Robert Tannahill, covered by artists including George Harrison, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and more recently Ed Sheeran.

Leslie Urdang and Alex Witchel commented, “Shanley’s language, humor and heart are treasures that always surprise, enlighten and entertain us. By creating such specific, idiosyncratic characters in Wild Mountain Thyme he manages to make the world feel bigger and more hopeful. Certainly more romantic.”

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It’s 1950s, small-town Britain. Two women discover their love for each other. Bees are involved. And because of a nosy kid and the town’s love of gossip, the women can’t canoodle in peace. This is the foundation of the upcoming Tell It To The Bees to hit theaters May 3rd.

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MOVIE PRODUCTIONS – TELL IT TO THE BEES (2018)

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