Video: Beasts of the Southern Wild was the talk of the BFI London Film Festival, receiving excellent reviews and winning the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature.
The magical tale is told through the eyes of young Hushpuppy, who sees the world as a harmonious and mysterious place. However, when a storm threatens their community, Hushpuppy's imagination and spirit soars high above the hardship with quite brilliant, magical results.
Much of the praise has gone straight to Quvenzhane Wallis, the film's 9 year-old star who was described as a "miniature force of nature" after the film made its world premiere. Alongside director Benh Zeitlin, she spoke to our reporter about how she beat 4,000 other children to get the part, and how the film made it from the Louisiana Bayou to the London Film Festival.