Director: Gerard Johnson

UK • 2009 • 72 min

Tony (Peter Ferdinando) is a loner with an unhealthy obsession for action films, but that doesn’t stop him trying to make friends – with, for instance, the drug dealers who hang out near his home, and the ladies who advertise their services in call boxes. Neighbours, TV license inspectors, gay cruisers and junkies are all welcome at Tony’s flat… as long as they behave themselves. But when a local child goes missing, his odd lifestyle begins to attract attention – and his secrets must surely be exposed. Fresh from a rapturous response at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Gerard Johnson’s bleakly amusing low-budget affair has already drawn numerous favourable comparisons to John McNaughton’s seminal Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. This particular psycho-drama, however, is a very British creation, and all the more compelling (and disturbing) for it. NB: Discerning music fans may like to note that Tony features a delicate, occasionally pulsating score from the reclusive Matt Johnson, AKA The The.

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