Er.. That should be Viv Fongenie - F-o-n-g-e-n-i-e. Director and screenwriter. Who's this Viv Leacock?
Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World (tbc)
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Time Out says
Tue Feb 12 2013
Striding down a London street, a man in a fez is in animated conversation with the kettle he’s carrying. This is Ollie Kepler, and if his world has indeed expanded, it’s left him in a sorry state. Flashbacks tell the sombre tale of Ollie (Edward Hogg) a young web designer who loses his grip after his beloved girlfriend (Jodie Whittaker) suddenly succumbs to a fatal brain embolism. A former astronomy student, Ollie’s fascination with quantum theory and the uncertainty principle soon get the better of him, as cosmic paranoia explodes in his head.
There are some promising ideas here, but unfortunately first-time writer-director Viv Fongenie doesn’t make anything of them, resulting in a turgid crawl of a film bereft of dramatic momentum. Hogg huffs, puffs and twitches manfully, but we never really connect with his fears, and the story’s echoes of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Pi’ are unwise indeed. The good intentions are obvious, but it’s difficult to see how this warrants a cinema release.
Author: Trevor Johnston