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Uncle David [DVD]

David Hoyle , Ashley Ryder    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Hoyle, Ashley Ryder
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FXO616
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,121 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


David Hoyle co-directs his feature debut and stars in the title role in this unsettling tale of an uncle and his nephew (pornstar Ashley Ryder). Combines a heightened sense of English normality with the logic of madness.

This low budget, black comedy is David Hoyle's feature debut and he is joined by pornstar Ashley Ryder as his nephew. Both actors are improvising their lines which gives the whole work an edginess, heightened by the atmosphere of an out-of-season caravan-park on the Isle of Sheppey. The banalities of conversation between uncle and nephew are thrown into the realms of the utterly unconventional when we realise that not only are they involved in a sexual relationship but there is a sinister reason for their holiday. We are drawn into a world of disturbing madness, whose cracked logic is delivered with an unnerving avuncular charm.


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Early sketches of Uncle David

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wanting to shock 2 Mar 2014
this film was made to shock there is very little script and the acting was mediocre at best, the plot line is not even gripping i found myself just wanting the film to end.
just don't even wast your time it was terrible
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Avant Garde ...... 14 Jan 2012
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"Uncle David" is one of those films you cannot decide whether to like or hate. Having watched the film twice, just in case I failed to understand the basic premise, I remain confused and dare I say a little repulsed at the content. Perhaps this is the essential purpose of the film, which seeks to jar one's ideas of normative morality and understanding, whilst passing critical comment on alternative relationships. Within the film, much of which takes place between the two central characters, are long diatribes against commercialism, religion and normative morality, which considering the genre of David Hoyle (a well known performance artist, who captivates audiences with his clever criticism of such things) makes some sense. However, within the genre of film, these speeches become somewhat tedious, and at times frustrating. The power relationship between "Uncle David" and his nephew at first seems cruel as the opening scene depicts, but it soon it becomes obvious that this relationship is indeed perverse as well as creul.

Ashley (played by Ashley Greene, better known as Ashley Ryder) seems to have embraced his character by the same name. Although his acting skills remain mechanical and removed. At times however, there seems to be a genuine connection between him and David Hoyle, and I expect had he (Ashley) had more acting experience (other than porn) he could have done a great deal better. Having said that he was not at all bad, and surprised me. Several scenes in the film are intensely powerful, and special mention should be made of the make-up scene in the trailer where there is a clever use of music, background porn and the eccentricity of David Hoyle as he is better known to his audience.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misguided and horrible 22 Jun 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
I can hardly believe this repellent film has won the four awards shown on the cover. It is utterly worthless and actually deeply offensive. The fact that Ashley Ryder looks cute in swimwear, nude and in kinky gear, and that there are one or two scenes of interest only serves to underline what garbage the rest is; they could have taken those scenes and built a much more interesting film with them, but the whole thing is so misconceived and life-denying it isn't worth analysing. I'm sure Ashley Ryder can be seen to exciting effect in his porn films without this horrible surrounding context - much better to go for those! In fact it makes an interesting absurdity that they are not available on amazon, whereas this film, which really justifies the use of the word obscene, is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't watch 22 Jun 2014
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This flim was completed weird from the start untill the end could not get into it and the ending weird
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Repellant - contains a spolier 19 Mar 2014
I barely write reviews but I'm forced to warn people off this film - it truly is flesh-creepingly repellant ... and don't expect a happy ending. I can't imagine why someone wrote this, let alone actually landed a budget, a crew, and a DVD from it. If you are a sick voyeur, you'll likely enjoy the movie. But with real humanity - one to avoid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish 21 Dec 2013
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From start to finish this film is a flight of fantasy for the producers and directors of the film. Within five minutes of watching boredom sets in and sleep beckons. A good film for insomniacs who need something to help them sleep. A waste of good money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally misguided and thoroughly repulsive 29 Jun 2014
Nephew and creepy manipulative uncle spend a holiday in a caravan in the Isle of Sheppey. The motive of their time together soon becomes apparent.

This has to be the worst film I have ever seen, and I don't say this lightly. It is a truly skin crawling experience. I am fairly open minded with the incest storyline as any form of sex between two consenting adults is fine by me, though I am not at all convinced that a young, good looking lad can fancy, let alone fall for someone who is about as sexually appealing as a greasy lizard. The suicide plot is offensive and truly disturbing.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Mr Sir
David Hoyle is used to pushing the boundaries of performance, expertly subverting the traditional conventions of drag and camp and stubbornly refusing to conform to any pre-conceived notions of gender stereotypes. His infamous live shows often enter into unexpected, and for some uncomfortable territory, but it is through his acutely tuned subversive humour that very personal and sometimes painful experiences are shared, there are moments you might be laughing hysterically, but there is often something much more profound going on under the surface.

The same can be said of this film, throughout there is an unsettling tone that pervades every scene and increases in intensity as the real relationship between the characters is revealed. With its provocative observations on consumerism and sexuality, and managing to avoid some of the more tired clichés of new queer cinema, Uncle David is likely to enthral and alienate in equal measure. For those that stay the course there is much to admire, including some genuinely affecting moments of great insight, the impact of which lingers long after the film has ended.

David Hoyle plays his role without make-up which was a brave and risky decision as it leaves him more exposed and vulnerable than audiences are used to seeing, but it pays off with a performance that is both powerful and believable. Ashley Ryder's contribution should not be underestimated, his character has an unnerving passivity given the enormity of the situation, and the largely improvised dialogue between the actors is at times poignant and deeply moving.

The stripped-down approach to filmmaking belongs to a school of retrogressive modern classics that use minimal equipment and resources in their production.
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