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Uncle David [DVD]

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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: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FXO616
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,237 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Cast & Crew Commentary

Early sketches of Uncle David

Customer Reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
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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 By RoyJP on 28 Mar. 2015
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I cannot understand how this drivel ever got made. Why didn't at some point someone say, "no"! Dreadful dialogue; absurd plot; abysmal acting. Truly dreadful. Annoyed that I even have to give it one star as it deserves none.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Clare on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max F Tennant on 23 April 2015
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Struggle to give this one star. One of the worst films I have seen.
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Truly awful the worst film I have ever seen, have binned it. Must we have these depressing, shocking and creepy things just to make an "arty" film.

Do not waste your money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 13 Jun. 2014
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By no means a predictable film. If you don't mind being refreshed by something quite odd and very compelling, this is the film for you. Plenty of neck-up philosophy and some below the waist raw sexual energy as well. Recommended.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr Sir on 24 Jan. 2012
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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 usually 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 Uncle David avoids some of the more tired clichés of New Queer Cinema, and it is a film that 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 credits have 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.

Shot over four days with only a modest crew this stripped-down approach to low-budget filmmaking belongs to a school of retrogressive modern classics that use minimal equipment and resources.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stewart J. McCoy on 3 July 2014
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Ok but also a bit twisted.. and sick!
Get up Ahsley we've got a lot to do..... Hmm, not sure I would have got out of bed for these particular activities but my friends an I have kept talking about it for some time.... If you're too tired for a tickle then this won't keep you awake (watch it to see what I'm going on about)
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