Crossover to Film: Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals

Crossover to Film: Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals

October 18, 2016

The fashion designer and film director, Tom Ford, has developed a new film, entitled Nocturnal Animals, a haunting and violent thriller starring renowned academy award nominees, Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. The film was a humongous success at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. It will premiere worldwide in November, and it is guaranteed to be a major competitor in next year’s Oscars.

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford has been involved in the fashion industry since a very young age, as he moved to New York to study acting and fashion design. In 1999, he became creative director of Gucci and Saint Laurent, until, in 2004, he developed his own brand.

The designer first entered the film industry as a director with his astonishing feature, A Single Man, a story about an English professor who lost his boyfriend to a tragic death and can’t cope with reality. This period film was a critically praised phenomenon, and landed, Colin Firth, his first Oscar nomination.

Jake Gyllenhaal

His new film, Nocturnal Animals, is based on the acclaimed novel from 1993 Tony & Susan by Austin Wright. Adams plays Susan, an art gallery owner whereas Gyllenhaal plays a writer. The plot revolves around Susan being haunted by her ex-husband’s novel which she views as a threat because it being quite an aggressive thriller. Ultimately, the motion picture imbues the role of a noir revenge tale.

Amy Adams

Nocturnal Animals was a complete success at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Tom Ford wound up winning the silver lion for grand prize jury.  The film was praised for its scene stealer performances and brilliant directing.


At the Venice conference, Ford affirmed that “style always has to serve substance. Believe it or not, I am not just about style, especially in film-making. It has to be part of the storytelling … Stylistically, I never made a decision that didn’t relate to the story.” Ford also wrote the screenplay, and disclosed that his main focus was to grab the attention of everyone by thinking outside the conventional standards.

Related Article: 73rd Venice International Film Festival: A look at Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford

Nocturnal Animals also stars Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, and Laura Linney.

See Also: Tom Ford’s Autumn/Winter collection 2016

Watch the trailer below:

If you are a fan of his, whether it is for his marvellous designs or spectacular film features, you should absolutely go see Nocturnal Animals and keep a close eye to Ford’s new design creation too.

I will finish off by citing Tom Ford inspirational quote.

“I wanted to set the story in the contemporary world, and I wanted to emphasise its absurdity. All the art in the film is real – artists created it – and that piece in the opening scene is art I had to create. I put my head inside an imaginary European artist commenting on America: exaggerated, overfed, aging. When I shot the scene, I fell in love with these women: they were so beautiful and free. It’s because they’ve let go of the conventions of what our culture tells us people should look like. That’s also the theme of the film: letting go of what you think you are supposed to be.”