A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general. —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
This could be Neil Jordan's "Butcher Boy" getting buggered by Todd Solondz's "Happiness," except... guess what? It's earlier than both of those. Whatever it is, it's worth seeking out, if not for the battered "Wisconsin Death Trip" mise en scene then for Viggo Mortensen's first-ever full nudity.
There is so much going on in this film, its beautiful to look at, haunting, weird, bleak, quiet. It is a film about life, death, childhood innocence and love. So much is going on in this film but if you really pay attention you know what is really happening. I loved this film, but if it wasn't for the terrible acting (mostly by the kids in the film) and that aweful ending I would have given this a perfect grade. Despite the score I gave it, I would recommend it to anyone who is wiling to give it a chance. oh, and Viggo Mortenson is in it.
An absurd tale of fervently religious small-towners, impressionable young boys, and vampire lore. A young boy, Seth, fills his childhood days becoming obsessed with absurd notions of vampirism and impending doom for his brother, instead of focusing on real problems surrounding him and his family. Although the ending was weak, the rest of the film is idyllic on the surface, but dark and perverse deep down.