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Billie Piper’s Directorial Debut, “Rare Beasts”, to premiere at Venice Film Festival


Rare Beasts, the directorial debut of British stage and screen actress Billie Piper is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, which has unveiled its lineup of nine first works, four of them from female filmmakers.

Produced by Vaughan Sivell of Western Edge Pictures in association with Moffen Media Limited, “Rare Beasts” is “a completely unhinged comedy,” section chief Giona Nazzaro said.

Piper plays Mandy, a struggling young writer and mother who comes from a dysfunctional family and falls upon a troubled man played by Leo Bill (Peterloo). The high-caliber cast of Brits also includes Lily James (Downton Abbey) and David Thewlis, best known as Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film series.

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