While driving through the forest to the isolated house of the lovers Callie and Clay, the driver Jude finds a young man fainted on the road. He rescues the stranger and the sensual Callie welcomes him while Clay is retired in the woods. When he awakes, he tells his name, Darkly Noon, and explains that his religious parents had been killed in their house by the furious locals and he had successfully escaped with his bible. Clay returns and accepts the presence of the new-comer in his house. Along the next days, Darkly becomes sexually obsessed by the sexy Callie and uses flagellation to punish himself for his desire. When the confused Darkly meets the deranged widow Roxy in the woods, she tells him that Callie is a witch that killed her husband and that bewitches young men. When Roxy commits suicide, the insanity of the fanatic Darkly leads him to punish the sinners. –IMDb
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
What a strange, beautiful, atmospheric watch this was. Phillip Ridley puts a lot of emotion on screen as he did with The Reflected Skin but this time he conveys it through Brendan Fraser. Fraser who I always thought was a decent actor is superb as Darkly Noon, a deeply religious man found wandering the woods and wounded. He's nursed back to health by Callie played by Ashley Judd and her boyfriend Clay played by Viggo Mortenson (playing a mute and is so very effective). Darkly becomes obsessed with Callie and from there his madness begins. This is a film that will not be for everyone, Ridley's films are challenging to watch,by the fact that some people may find that the acting is off, or the editing a bit choppy but I think that's what is so charming about this one. His camera angles, especially in Darkly Noon are very comic book like and thats what I found so intriguing.
Everything I've seen of Philip Ridley seems forced, but I still admire his work for some reason