Choke [Opening Night Gala]
Dark Knight



  • Wednesday 1 October 19:00 Cineworld


89 mins

Director: Clark Gregg Country: USA
Writer: Clark Gregg Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Tim Orr Print Source: Fox Searchlight
Producer: Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, Johnathan Dorfman, Temple Fennell
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

From maverick author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) and breakout new writer-director Clark Gregg comes the subversively comedic tale of Victor Mancini, con artist, sex addict, Colonial villiage re-enactor, angst-filled son, serial restaurant choker…and unsuspecting romantic antihero for our modern times.


High school dropout Vincent Mancini (Sam Rockwell) spends his days dressed as an indentured Irish servant at his job at an 18th century theme park. After hours, he and best friend and co-worker Denny (Brad William Henke) attend a 12-step sex addiction program. Denny is a compulsive masturbator while Vincent can’t even sit through the class without searching for a quickie. Apart from sex, Vincent’s primary focus is his confused mother Ida (Angelica Huston) who resides in an expensive psychiatric care facility paid for mainly by Vincent’s sideline – staging fake choking incidents at upscale restaurants where he is inevitably ‘saved’ by bystanders only too willing to dust off their Heimlich manoeuvres. These incidents often result in such a degree of emotional bonding that his ‘saviours’ frequently go on to send him hefty cheques out of continued concern for his well being.
For his directorial debut writer/director/actor Clark Gregg has taken on the daunting task of bringing only the second adaptation of cult author Chuck Palahniuk’s work to the big screen after David Fincher’s brilliant Fight Club. Palahniuk’s legion of fans should not be disappointed. Shot on a relatively small budget over 25 days in wintry New Jersey, this was a project that took seven years to get off the ground despite the fact that Palahniuk himself was championing it every step of the way. Gregg was fortunate to have attracted a first rate cast with Sam Rockwell perfectly cast as Vincent and the UK’s own Kelly Macdonald turning in a touching portrayal as Paige, Ida’s sensitive but misguided physician. The result is a bittersweet commentary on the absurdity of the human condition.