Philip was born in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and has exhibited widely throughout Europe. As a novelist his credits include Crocodilia (1988), In The Eyes Of Mr. Fury (Penguin, 1989), Flamingoes In Orbit (Hamish Hamilton, 1990) and three novels for children; Mercedes Ice (Collins, 1989), Dakota Of The White Flats (Collins, 1989) and Krindlekrax (Jonathan Cape, 1991) which won the Smarties Prize for Children’s Fiction and won the W.H. Smith Mind-Boggling Book Award, a new award judged by children.
His plays for BBC Radio are October Scars The Skin, The Aquarium Of Coincidences and Shambolic Rainbow.
His first stage play, the award-winning ‘The Pitchfork Disney’, was premiered at the Bush Theatre, London in 1991, directed by Matthew Lloyd. The Pitchfork Disney received its New York premiere in April 1999. Other stage plays include ‘Ghost From A Perfect Place’ (Hampstead Theatre, 1994) and ‘Vincent… read more
It is an utter mess of a film. If it had a twist, I don't know what it was. If it had a message, I don't know what it was. If it was meant to be uplifting, I'm really not sure how. Having said that, it does have a lot going for it. Some amazing imagery, very inventive ideas and wonderful cast of characters (particularly the 'weapon man'). Enjoyable for the most part, the last 30 minutes are a complete let down though
And yet, I'm being to harsh... Because this film really got under my skin for the first half. I was loving it and wanted to keep loving it. But I think the direction it headed in during the final act was such a mis-step that it took me a while to remember how much I liked the first 2/3rds. So yes. Do see it, just know that you might well be very disappointed by the end