“Becoming Elizabeth” star Romola Garai is all set to tackle the sensitive subject of postpartum psychosis in a new short film “Wild Animal”.
Written and directed by award-winner Beth Park (“Fishwife”), the project will explore “the confusing loss of identity in new motherhood” with Garai playing the lead character, named Mallory.
The project has already won the First Flight Short Film Fund for Female Voices directed by Goldfinch, which awards $10,000 in financial grants to winning projects. The grant is partially funding “Animals in the Wild.”
Isabella Speight and Molly Murphy (“Kink”, “A Reflection”) of Backscatter Productions will produce the short.
Commenting on the screenplay, Garai said, “’Wild Animals’ is superbly done both in its visual style, storytelling and writing skills. “It’s funny, weird and then sharply moving.”
Park said: “There was an instant connection with Romola’s theme and passion for the script. Mallory is a layered and complex role and Romola is excited to explore Mallory’s freedom and self-confidence within her confusion as well as the deep pain her fragmented identity causes. As Romola is not only a very talented actress but also a genre filmmaker herself, I am delighted to work with her on this project.”
diversity Understandably, “Wild Animal” is intended to be a springboard for Beth’s directorial feature debut, which is currently in development.
Garai, who currently stars as Mary Tudor in Starz’s period drama “Becoming Elizabeth,” about the rise of Queen Elizabeth I, is also known for starring opposite Anne Hathaway in films including “One Day,” Keira Knightley and “Atonement.” “Suffragette,” which also starred Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Marie Duff.
In 2019, Speight and Murphy founded Backscatter with the goal of addressing the lack of women behind the camera in the screen industry. Their slate focuses on female-led narratives directed by women across a variety of genres, stories and themes