Time Out Says
It’s also a kind of dramatic working-through of the compelling powder-keg of ideas that fuels Hoyle’s legendary live performance work, in which scathingly articulate disaffection with the hypocritical constraints of bourgeois capitalist society flow alongside the alternately righteous and narcissistic demands of a ferocious ego. If ‘Weekend’ humbly and movingly proposed that a couple of days can be sufficient time to form a meaningful relationship, ‘Uncle David’ insists, with gallows humour and creeping dread, on utter liberty or annihilation.
The DVD benefits from some choice extras. Three preparatory shorts show the development of the characters of David and Ashley. As the nature of their interpersonal dynamic moves from text to subtext, we see some moments that are familiar from the film (a phone call, a dog basket) and more outré escapades too (homemade dildos, Champagne flutes of piss). And, on the commentary track, Hoyle, Ryder, Reich and Nicholls detail the extraordinary economies and fortuities of the shoot: scenes were shot once in sequence over four days with improvised dialogue, two cameras and one light; they contended with swine flu, lugworms and doggers and were gifted with all manner of lucky finds. Nice notes too on production design: ‘citrus colours,’ Hoyle notes, ‘always bring out my teeth…’ An ideal stocking-filler, obviously, and good preparation for the forthcoming stage musical version. No, really.
- Duration:95 mins
Cast and Crew
- Director:David Hoyle, Gary Reich, Mike Nicholls (II)
- Screenwriter:David Hoyle
- David Hoyle