Ollie Kepler's Expanding ...
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Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World

Screening:

    Thursday 30 September 8:30pm

Runtime:

90 mins

Director: Viv Fongenie Country: UK
Writer: Viv Fongenie Original Format: RED
Dir. of Photography: Matthias Nyberg Print Source: Viv Fongenie
Producer: Viv Fongenie
Cast: Edward Hogg, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Knott

Film Details

London Premiere

Short Synopsis:

A darkly comic tale of a young man’s battle with madness.

Repeat Screening:


Friday 1 October 2:30 pm
Screen C
Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus,
19 Lower Regent street,

Booking Open Soon

Review:

Ollie is a regular guy with a passion for astronomy, a sound best mate, and a beautiful girlfriend. His astrological interests in particular seem to dominate his life; his own reality channeled through theories of quantum physics and unanswered questions regarding the universe. When his girlfriend dies unexpectedly and his best mate is offered a job in Sheffield, Ollie’s world is thrust into uncertainty. Returning to the scene of her death Ollie battles with the guilt of an unfulfilled promise and starts down a spiral of self-destruction. Struggling to cope with reality his mind becomes even more fixated on the science surrounding him and the voices in his head become increasingly prevalent.


Viv Fongenie’s second feature (following 1998’s Let’s Stick Together) is a fascinating exploration of the human mind unraveling. Fonegie has a professional background as a mental health consultant and it’s clear from the outset that what we are seeing on screen is a thoroughly researched and realistic portrayal.  


Complementing the intriguing storyline are the brilliant performances Fongenie receives from his actors.  Edward Hogg excels as the titular Ollie, following on from his impressive turns in both Bunny and the Bull and White Lightnin’, and Jodie Whittaker makes the most of her screen time as girlfriend Noreen.  Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World is an utterly convincing and tragic portrayal of a mind retreating from an uncomfortable reality.

Followed by Q&A

 

All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
SW1Y 4LR