Pearl

Pearl (2022)

Pearl has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2023 The opening of writer/director Ti West’s previous feature X (2022) showed the corpse-strewn tableau of an old, battered farm, first in what appeared to be 1.375:1 aspect ratio, and then, as the camera passed through the barn’s square doorway which had been occluding the…

Dangerous

Dangerous To Know (2020)

After a brief, formally titled ‘prologue’ in which Tom Douglas (David Simpson, also the film’s writer, director editor and composer) and Dr Flannagan (Demelza Randall) discuss the borderline personal disorder of Tom’s estranged sister Bridget (Bridget Graham) and Bridget’s recent, risky withdrawal from treatment and medication, Dangerous To Know introduces us to Jordan (Andrew Robert…

Oliver

Who’s Watching Oliver (2017)

Who’s Watching Oliver first published by SciFiNow The first thing we hear in Who’s Watching Oliver is ticking, and the first thing we see is an alarm clock. Sure enough, Oliver (co-writer Russell Geoffrey Banks) calibrates life to a clockwork schedule: up at 10am, he spends his day sitting in Bangkok’s Dream World like a child – and…

Samaritan

Bad Samaritan (2018)

Bad Samaritan first published by RealCrime Magazine Bad Samaritan opens with a flashback: a young boy whips a horse as an unseen woman pleads with him to stop, and then he raises a pistol and shoots. This is a primal scene – a significant event from that past that represents the moment where a person’s formative pathology takes root. Cut to…

Virginia

Sweet Virginia (2017)

Sweet Virginia first published by RealCrime Magazine The twin China Brothers had their debut, the Coen-esque Australia-set thriller Crawl, in 2011, with Paul on writing/directing duties and Benjamin producing. In 2012 their follow-up spec script Sweet Virginia, with its superficially similar scenario of a hired killer creating chaos in a small town, was near the top…