Sophie Hyde hopes ‘Animals’ has time to reach its audience

Sophie Hyde (right) on the set of ‘Animals’. (Photo: Tamara Hardman)

Sophie Hyde’s Animals drew warm response from critics after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and positive box office numbers following its UK release last month.

Bonsai Films launched the film in Australia yesterday, but the director has “no idea” if local audiences will come out to see it, noting the difficulty smaller films have in getting cut through and remaining on cinema screens long enough to garner word-of-mouth.

“People have been really warm, excellent audiences so far. But it’s a limited release. I don’t know if there’s a young audience for arthouse in Australia… it’s just hard to get people into the cinemas,” Hyde told If earlier this week.

“My hopes are that it gets enough time for people to be able to find their way to it, because
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