A high quality powerful psychological crime drama, “Animal Kingdom” is a story about the battle between Melbourne’s underworld and the police. The film “Animal Kingdom” tracks seventeen-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (newcomer James Frecheville), a troubled kid perilously caught between his own criminal family and Detective Leckie (Guy Pearce) a compromised cop who thinks that he can save him. J comes to realize that in order to survive he must write his own rule book, he must determine how the game is played, he must somehow choose his place in the cunning and brutal animal kingdom. The movie “Animal Kingdom” is the debut feature of writer/director David Michôd whose previous short films have screened extensively internationally and in Australia, including the multi-award winning CROSSBOW. The movie made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.