Genre: Anti Rom-Com
Written and Directed by Billie Piper
Produced by Vaughan Sivell
Starring: Billie Piper, Leo Bill, Kerry Fox, Toby Woolf and David Thewliss
Mandy is a mother, a writer, a nihilist.
Mandy is a modern woman in a crisis. Raising a son in the midst of a female revolution, mining the pain of her parents separation and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Pete, who’s searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ Male identity.
RARE BEASTS is a pitch black comedy and is Billie Piper’s Directorial Debut.
“Rare Beasts is a cautionary tale. Where do we all go after the fallout between men and women? And Who do we really need at the end of it all? I’ve been longing to talk ‘dramatically’ about the world I see around me and ultimately, I’ve always wanted to make my own films. This is a wonderful moment” Billie Piper, 2018.
The film is supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales and produced in association with 42MP, Fields Park Media Partners, Moffen Media and Warrior Film Productions. Casting by Shaheen Baig, Director of Photography by Patrick Meller, Production Design by Sarah Kane, Costume Design by Grace Snell and Music by Johnny Lloyd and Nathan Coen.
Executive Producers are Vaughan Sivell, Franki Goodwin, Mike Rattenbury, Will Kane for WEP, Paul Higgins for Fields Park, Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi for Moffen Media, Josh Varney and Ben Pugh for 42 and Billie Piper.
Rare Beasts premiered In Competition at Venice Critics’ Week 2019.
About the Filmmaker
Billie Piper is an award-winning British actress and household name. After a successful career as a chart-topping pop musician, Piper went on to play the Doctor's assistant Rose Tyler in the BBC's reinvention of Doctor Who in 2005. She followed up her success by starring as the lead in The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, a hit TV series which she also supported as Executive Producer.
Her other work includes appearances in TV adaptations of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Most recently, Piper won outstanding critical acclaim for her role in Garcia Lorca's Yerma, winning among others the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actress, and making history as the only actress to have won all six of the available Best Actress awards for a single performance. Rare Beasts is her Directorial Debut.