COME TO DADDY
2019, 93 min, Dir: Ant Timpson

A man in his 30s fruitlessly searches for a remote cabin in the hinterlands of New Zealand, dreaming of a reunion with his long-lost father; what he finds when he gets to the cabin is so outlandish, so weird and so wonderful that it has to be seen to be believed. Blessed with a cast including a brilliant Elijah Wood, a vicious Stephen McHattie and a hilarious Michael Smiley, this bloody and funny film - a massive hit at Tribeca - heralds the feature debut of Ant Timpson, a producer-turned-director who has been honing his craft on such gems as 2015’s DEATHGASM.


MY FRIEND DAHMER
2017, FilmRise, 107 min, USA, Dir: Marc Meyers

Filled with pathos and melancholy, this elegant character study spends a year in the company of a high school loner who would go on to become one of the most nefarious serial killers in the annals of crime. Jeffrey Dahmer’s (a heart-breaking Ross Lynch) parents are divorcing, his dad makes him change his hobbies, and his friends only want to force “dares” on him. By looking at a character for whom a lot could have been different, MY FRIEND DAHMER reminds us that monsters are not born but shaped through endless encounters with the world around them. The rest of the cast gamely match up to Lynch’s performance, including a brilliant Anne Heche as Dahmer’s equally lost-in-the-world mother.


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