Emily Watson and Normal People star Paul Mescal are on board to star in A24’s latest intriguing project, a psychological drama titled God’s Creatures. Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer will direct the project after working together on 2015’s The Fits.
The film is set in a rain-swept Irish fishing village, and revolves around a mother who lies to protect her son, and the devastating impact that choice has on her community, her family and herself. Shane Crowley has written the screenplay based on a story by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and himself.
O’Reilly is also producing, and will hope for similar critical success to other dark dramas she has produced, such as Ammonite and Lady Macbeth. The film is being co-funded by A24, BBC Film, Screen Ireland and the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund/WRAP, with A24 controlling the worldwide rights.
The film will mark Davis’ directorial debut, as Holmer previously directed The Fits solo while Davis edited and co-wrote the script. That was a similar psychological examination that focused on an 11-year-old girl who struggles to fit into her new dance troupe and begins to suffer from an inexplicable epidemic of violent fits.
It was an impressive film considering the budget wasn’t even $200,000. It will be interesting to see what Davis and Holmer can do with God’s Creatures, and what is assumed to be a larger budget.
Watson is coming off back-to-back HBO miniseries in the form of Chernobyl and The Third Day, and is best known for her performances in films such as Breaking The Waves, Punch-Drunk Love, and Gosford Park. Mescal is fresh off co-starring in the Hulu series Normal People, which earned him an Emmy nomination.