The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz

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Time Out says

For this second feature, Hopkins mounts a semi-experimental, part-improvised, multi-stock, German Expressionism-influenced, b/w sci-fi black comedy about London's countdown to the coming apocalypse. It's a wacky, fun, febrile concoction, full of verbal and visual styles, jibes, jokes and puns, po-faced prognostications and gnomic utterances, with wildly eclectic scoring, surreal asides and occasional sublime cinematic coups. The sallow-faced Fisher stars as the protean Mr No - whom we first meet, decked out like an 18th century ghoul, emerging backwards from a cavernous hole by the M25. No has the ability to swap places with the souls he encounters and, by inhabiting their bodies and taking their powers, wreaks havoc in London and the world. His only capable adversary is the blind, mystic Dr Mabuse-like chief of police (McNeice), who senses the danger when, as he says, 'the pale child in the astral plane seems to be dying!' It's plain loopy, often awkward, clumsy and over-digressive, but rarely dull. Hopkins' gleeful melange of styles might feel like a nightmare, were it not for his undercutting playfulness, irony and humour.
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Release details

UK release:

1999

Duration:

86 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ben Hopkins

Cast:

Janet Henfrey, Andrew Melville, Will Keen, Tony Maudsley, Ian McNeice, Tom Fisher, Tim Barlow

Music:

Dominik Scherrer

Production Designer:

Gideon Davey

Editor:

Alan Levy

Cinematography:

Julian Court

Screenwriter:

Thomas Browne, Ben Hopkins

Producer:

Caroline Hewitt

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