Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this haunting romantic thriller from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford (A Single Man). Also starring Armie Hammer and Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals is a thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension.
Nocturnal Animals won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Writer/Director Tom Ford gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his own “Tom Ford” label in 2006. In 2009 Ford directed A Single Man followed by Nocturnal Animals in 2016 both films were Oscar-nominated.
Nocturnal Animals is based on Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan. The book was first published in the US in 1993 then republished in the UK in 2010 and although praised each time it didn’t become a hit. Austin died in 2003 but in 2012 a friend of Ford’s recommended it to him.
“Making a film, for me, is the closest I will get to being an artist. I don’t do it to live — this sounds spoiled, but I have money that comes from other sources. I do it for passion. I do it because I love it.” Tom Ford
Ford spent two years negotiating with Wright’s estate to secure the option of a film then another year figuring out how he could make it work, it then took just three-and-a-half months to complete the script and was shot in California over 32 days. Ford’s need for total creative control led him to self-fund the film.
Susan (Amy Adams) is living through an unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package containing a novel manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasingly she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost.