My Kingdom


Time Out says

Sandeman (Harris) is introduced in baronial splendour posing for a photograph with wife (Redgrave) and their three daughters. He soon embarks, however, on a self-destructive descent, shedding his empire as his mind grows unsettled following his wife's murder. Director and co-writer Boyd and cameraman Aukema strive to honour the distinctive Liverpool milieu, while giving a new spin to the standard tough guy antics, but the play for tragic grandeur falters. Harris makes a convincing King Lear, yet draws attention to his own restraint as life and illusions begin to unravel. Lombard and Pilkington play the 'bad' daughters with an arresting if rough-edged venom and vitality; but Catherwood, the Cordelia-like straight talking favourite, seems all at sea. The lofty tone begs for a critical stance, but Boyd's evident seduction by the tainted glamour and old-fashioned ways of the criminal class strands the movie in a waste land, neither effective gangland thriller, nor achieved elegy for a lord undone.

By: WH


Release details

116 mins

Cast and crew

Don Boyd
Nick Davies, Don Boyd
Richard Harris
Lynn Redgrave
Tom Bell
Emma Catherwood
Aidan Gillen
Louise Lombard
Paul McGann
Jimi Mistry
Lorraine Pilkington
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