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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 (25 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FXO616
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misguided and horrible 22 Jun 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Avant Garde ...... 14 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"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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1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Repellant - contains a spolier 19 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
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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1.0 out of 5 stars wanting to shock 2 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
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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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Mr Sir
Format:DVD
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 always something much more profound going on if you're willing to listen.

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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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal 18 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The lush photography, lighting, colours and theme song were the most enjoyable features of this self-indulgent film. It would have fared as a gorgeous little film of the Isle of Sheppey if the dreary, nicotine-addicted main characters had been removed entirely. Narcissistic David with his dreary polemics on the state of modern life and narcissistic, moronic Ashely with his incoherent mumblings and fixed gormless expression. They would have both died of lung cancer, anyway. Only shallow people would find any depth in this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cambridge Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Screams Ashley ryder
If you love Ashley's porn DVDs. You'll get a kick out of this movie. The DVD extra clips were very amusing . Who knew you could put out a fire that way?
Published 14 months ago by D. Stolzmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, but enjoyable.
This is a very strange film, as you'd expect from David Hoyle. It's enjoyable, but creepy, with some amazing cinematography. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew Simmons
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Besides the main young actor which is handsome, there is nothing in this movie worth any money. Sorry I do not like to comment about the movie plot because this is the job of a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fran Fig
1.0 out of 5 stars Has to be the WORST DVD I've ever watched
I purchased this DVD as I noticed it was UK based, and I liked the description of it. I must say, however, that I was excessively disappointed in the whole film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ScotiaBloke
3.0 out of 5 stars It's more about what you don't see & hear...!
You know when you watch a movie and 90 minutes later you think to yourself "what the heck just happened?" - well that's the best way I can sum up this movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might be expecting
This film is wierd, there's no denying that, and is unlike any film I have ever seen. It is a story of two bizaar and difficult to read characters, but that's what makes it so... Read more
Published 18 months ago by James
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect
I have to echo comments made about this, It portrays a disturbing view of a middle aged mans Gay life fantasy with a very young man with apparent learning difficulties. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a really watchable little movie, despite the terrible reviews it has received here, I for one thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JackSparrow
1.0 out of 5 stars mumbling bumbling nothingsness
I can only agree with most of the comments already posted, but there is one thing I need to add for the sake of all those, who did not grow up acustomned to the dilalects of Great... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gabriel Shivers
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