Prepare to sink your claws into Catfight, a brutal and darkly hilarious film that combines the violence of Fight Club and the poignant comedy of Arrested Development, all mashed into one of the most original and funniest movies of recent years.
Struggling artist Ashley (Anne Heche) and wealthy housewife Veronica (Sandra Oh) were friends at college, but their paths have not crossed since. When they find themselves attending the same event (Ashley working as a waiter at Veronica’s rich husband’s party), their initial thinly-veiled verbal pleasantries soon take a turn, leading to an all-out brawl and all-consuming rivalry that will keep these two locked in combat for years.
With supporting appearances from Alicia Silverstone as Ashley’s lesbian love interest, and Dylan Baker playing an overworked coma doctor, Catfight turns the portrayal of women’s fights in movies on its head in the most violent of ways possible, landing a killer satirical blow at modern day society.
Actor, writer, director and podcast provocateur Onur Tukel, a man of seemingly unending talents, starred in and was writer/director of the 2014 cult hit vampire comedy Summer of Blood, and the riotous comedy Applesauce. Now he’s assembled a knockout cast for the jaw-droppingly funny and furious New York-set black comedy Catfight, a quite delirious rags to bitches satire that is equally scathing as it is shocking and unexpectedly violent.
Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh (Sideways) and Seven Days Seven Nights and Donnie Brasco star Anne Heche are on top form as former college pals whose unexpected meeting at a party escalates into insane and violent rivalry. These two esteemed actresses in a bloody brawl in a stairwell is a sight to behold; and Sandra Oh’s coming out of a coma scene is a masterclass of gallows humour. The ensuing flip-flop in fortunes of the warring women is an on-target and topical treat that confirms Tukel as a brilliantly canny writer/director.
Quirky and irreverent, and packed with quotable lines and familiar faces (including Alicia Silverstone as you’ve never seen her before, House of Cards' Damian Young and Happiness star Dylan Baker) Catfight recalls the films of Todd Solondz but with added nihilism and fist fighting. As one character says in the film – “It’s positively vulgar – but in a good way”.
Catfight comes to UK cinemas and VOD on 10 March 2017, to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download 24 April 2017, all from Arrow Films at an as-yet unconfirmed RRP.
Disc special features:
Commentary with writer-editor-director Onur Tukel
Commentary with actors Sandra Oh and Anne Heche
Fight Choreography featurette
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
First pressing only: O-Card, Booklet featuring new writing on the film