Monday 4 October 6:30pm
    Tuesday 5 October 3:00 pm


82 mins

Director: Habib Azar Country: USA
Writer: Kyle Jarrow Original Format: HDCAM
Dir. of Photography: Orson Robbins-Pianka Print Source: Habib Azar
Producer: Carla Stuart, Hsiano Bian
Cast: Daniel London,Janel Moloney,Matt Walton

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short synopsis:

In this off-kilter comedy, a woman comes to terms with her husband's strange secret: a compulsive desire to cut off his arms.

Repeat Screening:

Tuesday 5 October 3:00 pm
Screen C
Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus,
19 Lower Regent street,

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John is a mild-mannered insurance executive who harbors a dark secret. His wife, Anna, on the other hand, believes she’s married to Mr. Normal with whom she fully expects to live out her version of the American Dream. John’s Mom believes she ‘s got an upstanding citizen of a son that she can fully depend on. It comes as a shock to both when he abruptly vanishes. Panic-stricken, Anna eventually tracks him down to an anonymous hotel room in New York where she’s faced with a disturbing reality: her husband – in a closet – with a chainsaw. John’s secret has unraveled to reveal a man who is preparing to act on a burning desire – to rid himself of his arms and replace them with “nubbins”.

 A quirky dark comedy, the film boasts great performances all round. Daniel London, in particular is never less than fully believable as John, the low-key eccentric who suffers from the real life condition – Body Integrity Identity Disorder – in which the sufferer believes that in order to feel whole he must have one or more limbs removed. Supporting roles are equally well-cast with Matt Walton, adding humour as a concerned plastic surgeon alongside indie-darling Zoe Lister Jones as his supportive secretary.

This is a debut feature from director Habib Azar who directed his first TV soap at the age of 22 and has gone on to direct more than 100 hours of episodic television. The film is based on a stage play of the same name by screenwriter Kyle Jarrow.


Followed by Q&A



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All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street