Margaret, a divorced woman living alone in Dublin, learns that her teenage son has been found dead. Enduring her unsettling grief privately, she escapes daily to the local swimming pool. One day at the pool she runs into Joe, a homeless youth she found injured late one night in the deserted laneway behind her work. Margaret offers Joe a room in her house and an unorthodox relationship starts to develop between them. Margaret’s ex-husband Matt begins to turn up randomly in Margaret’s life. As Margaret and Joe’s mutual reliance grows their tentative trust is threatened by the escalation of Matt’s grieving rage and Joe’s involvement with a gang of violent youths.
|Running Time||99 min|
|Directed by||Rebecca Daly|
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VARIETY: Variety Film Review: ‘Mammal’
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THE WASHINGTON TIMES: SBIFF gets underway in California
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VULTURE: The 20 Best Performances of Sundance 2016
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SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT: ‘Mammal’ Interview with Director Rebecca Daly
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VANITY FAIR: Mammal in Sundance
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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Mammal: Sundance Review
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SCREEN DAILY: 'Mammal': Sundance Review
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SCREEN DAILY: Sundance directors: Rebecca Daly, 'Mammal'
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CINEUROPA: Rebecca Daly readies Mammal shoot
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Sundance Channel Global has acquired five features from this year’s Sundance Film Festival
and will exclusively premiere the titles shortly after the festival. They include Mammal, The Fits, Spa Night, Jacqueline (Argentine) and My Friend In The Park (Mi Amiga Del Parque). Mammal has been acquired from Picture Tree International Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
The Sundance Channel has picked up five movie titles from the ongoing Sundance Film
Festival, including Irish pre-festival favorite and dramatic competition entry “Mammal.”
The five acquired films will premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel Global, shortly after
the festival this year. Rights vary according to the different markets where the channel operates.
“Mammal,” directed by Rebecca Daly, was acquired for Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia,
Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Sales were handled by Germany’s
The new film from Irish writer-director Rebecca Daly, Mammal, is a smart, sensitive story
about family, love, grief, and parenting. Rachel Griffiths stars as Margaret, a middle-aged
woman who lives alone, but for a lodger. When her ex-husband (Michael McElhatton) calls her
to tell her that the son that she left years ago has gone missing, it’s like a bomb has been dropped
into her life.
The Sundance Film Festival is about to start up, and Indiewire has an exclusive clip for "Mammal," which looks to be a fierce competitor in this year's World Drama Competition. The intimate character drama is a co-production between Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and stars Academy Award nominee Rachel Griffiths ("Muriel's Wedding," "Six Feet Under"). Griffiths plays Margaret, a divorcee in Dublin recovering from the recent death of her teenaged son. She finds solace at a local swimming pool, where she soon meets Joe (Barry Keoghan), a homeless youth at odds with a local gang. Margaret lets him stay at her home, where the two find themselves to be kindred spirits in their isolation from the rest of the world. However, their bond is threatened when Margeret's violent ex-husband, Mark (Michael McElhatton), returns into her life.
In this year’s dozen offerings we have names we normally associate with Cannes in The Misfortunates‘ Felix van Groeningen (Belgica), The Other Side of Sleep‘s Rebecca Daly (Mammal) and A Stray Girlfriend‘s Ana Katz (Mi Amiga del Parque).
Mammal / Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands (Director: Rebecca Daly, Screenwriters: Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery) — After Margaret, a divorcée living in Dublin, loses her teenage son, she develops an unorthodox relationship with Joe, a homeless youth. Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her exhusband’s grieving rage. Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Barry Keoghan, Michael McElhatton. World Premiere
Picture Tree Intl. has picked up international sales on “Mammal,” which will have its world premiere in the World Dramatic competition section at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Rebecca Daly, whose debut feature “The Other Side of Sleep” played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011. “Mammal” stars Rachel Griffiths, who was Oscar nominated for “Hilary and Jackie,” and Barry Keoghan, who also appears in upcoming Michael Fassbender movie “Trespass Against Us.” The cast also features “Game of Thrones” thesp Michael McElhatton.
The film centers on Margaret (Griffiths), a separated woman living alone in Dublin. After the death of her son, Margaret is drawn to a homeless youth, Joe (Keoghan). As their mutual reliance grows, they confuse the boundaries between affection and sexual intimacy.
The 22-year-old Dubliner Barry Keoghan has been selected for Stars of Tomorrow 2015. The BFI London Film Festival and Screen International have now unveiled their list, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers. Matt Mueller, Editor of Screen International, says: “The young actors, directors, writers and producers we have chosen are a real testament to the amazing talent that exists in the UK and Ireland. I have no doubt we will be hearing much more from our Class of 2015 in the years ahead.”
Barry Keoghan has an unmistakable intensity, whether on TV’s Love/Hate, briefly glimpsed in the feature ’71 (he also has a small role in Trespass Against Us), or bigger turns in indies Norfolk and Rebecca Daly’s upcoming MAMMAL, in which he takes the lead opposite Rachel Griffiths.