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Beast (2017)

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A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.


Michael Pearce


Michael Pearce
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Johnny Flynn ... Pascal Renouf
Jessie Buckley ... Moll
Geraldine James ... Hilary Huntington
Trystan Gravelle ... Clifford
Hattie Gotobed ... Jade
Olwen Fouéré ... Theresa Kelly (as Olwen Fouere)
Shannon Tarbet ... Polly
Charley Palmer Rothwell ... Leigh Dutot
Emily Taaffe ... Tamara
Tim Woodward ... Fletcher
Claire Rafferty Claire Rafferty ... News Reporter
Oliver Maltman ... Harrison
Barry Aird ... Stuart
Richard Laing ... News Reporter
Joanna Croll ... Sophie


In her tiny island community, twenty-something Moll "Jessie Buckley" quickly falls for charming newcomer Pascal "Johnny Flynn". When he is named the top suspect in several murders around town, she defends him to her family but becomes doubtful as she sees his true colors. Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle, and Shannon Tarbet also star. Written and directed by Michael Pearce.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,248, 13 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$800,365, 5 July 2018
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Flynn (Pascal Renouf) & Shannon Tarbet (Polly) also worked together on Genius (2017) as Young Albert Einstein & Marie Winteler respectively. See more »


Hilary Huntington: [Glancing at Pascal through a window] You need to put a leash on him.
Moll: He's just playing with Jade.
Hilary Huntington: He's ruining the grass.
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Written by Sean Corcoran
Performed by Moscow Metro
Published by W Songs
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A pleasant surprise. Go in blind if you can.
12 July 2018 | by DJKwaSee all my reviews

//Revelation Film Festival Review//

A psychological drama that steadily ratchets up tension, Beast is best entered into blind. For those who need a little more persuasion, the story follows a young woman, a mysterious man and a series of unexplained killings in a small seaside town. As both their past mistakes come back to haunt them, is all as it seems?

As Michael Pearce's debut feature, Beast is an assured first effort. Just when you think you know where it's heading it makes you question your assumptions and you'll be second guessing until the very end. A pleasant surprise that's definitely worth checking out.

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