15 certificateAnimal Kingdom is a Film programme that first aired in 2010 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Animal Kingdom is a 4 star programme

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Animal Kingdom (2010)

Directed by
David Michôd

James Frecheville, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Guy Pearce star in this stark but compelling Australian crime drama from writer-director David Michôd. When 17-year-old J Cody's mum dies, he's taken in by his gran, Janine 'Smurf' Cody, the fierce matriarch of a Melbourne gangster outfit. Her lads are all armed robbers, from the psychopathic 'Pope' to the hopheadedly dumb Craig, and Darren, who also deals - and uses - cocaine. The local police are almost equally as violently lawless. Only two influences seem to offer J a way out of this mess: Baz, the brains behind the clan's heists, realises the game's nearly up and plans to turn the family legit; and sergeant Nathan Leckie, one of the few honest cops, wants to offer J immunity in return for damning evidence against his family. Animal Kingdom is Michôd's feature-length debut, though he also directed shorts Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf, and co-wrote another memorable short, Spider, which also featured Edgerton.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 109 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2010

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: Australia

Filmed in Colour

When is Animal Kingdom next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 November 29th, 1:30am and on Film4 Plus 1 November 29th, 2:30am. See more...


James Frecheville...Joshua 'J' Cody
Bryce Lindemann...Paramedic
Paul Smits...Paramedic
Image for Jacki WeaverJacki Weaver...Janine 'Smurf' Cody
Image for Joel EdgertonJoel Edgerton...Barry 'Baz' Brown
Luke Ford...Darren Cody
Image for Sullivan StapletonSullivan Stapleton...Craig Cody
Mirrah Foulkes...Catherine Brown
Anthony Ahern...Armed Robbery Det.
Justin Rosniak...Det. Randall Roache
Michael Vice...Hood
Chris Weir...Hood
Laura Wheelwright...Nicky Henry
Sarah Nguyen...Waitress
Lucia Cai...Cashier