In the last few years there emerged a certain concern for A24 in terms of competition. Such companies as Fox Searchlight, Annapurna, Neon, and Blumhouse gain popularity among cinematographers and provide a huge variety of gripping projects. They also made quite an entrance during awards season with Her
, Get Out
, I, Tonya
Another form of entertainment that A24 produces is TV shows. The first series produced by the company was released on Amazon in 2018. Comrade Detective
is a great parody comedy telling the story of Romanian police during the Cold War and featuring Channing Tatum. The company also had a hand in producing Euphoria
— a strewn with nominations drama about different teenage traumas. The latest TV release from A24 is the series Mr. Corman
with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role of an ordinary school teacher who experiences panic attacks and cherishes his dream of becoming a musician.
What is so special about the films that A24 produces? They are not just a bastion of fantasy, even if there's a woman carrying a baby lamb. There is something much deeper behind them that makes even the strangest stories engaging.
To begin with, A24's productions are frightening and make you tense in a slightly different way. In Hereditary
the scariest scene is the family dinner — the degree of psychological catastrophe rises. Similarly, The Lighthouse
terrifies us not with references to German expressionism or visions of the protagonists, but with their utterly animalistic behaviour. And even though many of the themes are far removed from our everyday lives, their representation hits the mark. Saint Maud
, for example, tells the story of a fervent believer who finds universal salvation in God. Not all of us have met fanatics in real life, but by the end of the film we are likely to curl up in a knot in fear of poor Maud's obsession. The bottom line is that aspects of psychology found in A24's films can be infinitely distant from the viewer, but are presented in such detail that they cannot be understood.