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Uncle Douglas (2003)

A Christmas story about family. Douglas and his wife Pat descend on the family of Douglas's dead sister to pay a sour call at Christmas. The widower, Barry, is sweet and courteous as ... See full summary »

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Sean Grundy
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Faulkner ... Douglas Phillips
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Barry Tomkinson
Dan Johnston Dan Johnston ... Michael Tomkinson
Emma Pierson ... Sarah Tomkinson
Denise Stephenson ... Pat Phillips
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A Christmas story about family. Douglas and his wife Pat descend on the family of Douglas's dead sister to pay a sour call at Christmas. The widower, Barry, is sweet and courteous as Douglas bullies him and Pat tries unsuccessfully to soften her husband. While Barry goes into the garden to tend to his goat (a gift from his dead wife), Barry shoos his niece Sarah into the kitchen with Pat while he has a man-to-man talk with his nephew Michael. Seems he believes Michael is gay. That conversation over, Douglas and Pat take their leave; Pat discloses something to Douglas in the car, while the family returns to its normal pursuits. Is anything as it seems? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Middlesex, England, UK

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Production Co:

Picture Farm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Rather sick but very funny
14 March 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Barry is a mild mannered man, who is facing his second Christmas without his wife. However, he has to put up with Uncle Pat coming round to see him and his children. Douglas is a bully of a man who was to blame for the death of his sister - Barry's wife. While Douglas has a fatherly chat with young Michael, Sarah and Pat talk in the kitchen - but Douglas has things coming to him that he can't know about.

Sometimes black comedies are so dark that it is impossible to laugh at them, here this could have been the case but it manages to be darkly sick and funny. The basic plot is about revenge and the idea of family life. The Tomkinson family appears entirely normal here but we learn more and more as the film goes on we begin to learn that grudges are borne against Douglas and that revenge is the order of the day. Beyond this the film also holds some dark family secrets in store.

It is hard to describe this film's appeal without giving too much away - and the unexpectedness of the film is what makes it funny in part. It is a bit sick some of the stuff near the end, but it is still hilariously over the top. Faulkner is really good as Douglas - a man that no member of the audience could really feel for. Greenall is as good and I must draw special attention to Pierson who is natural but also very, very cute!

Overall, a dark little relationship short that is quite sick in it's own way but very funny. It may not say anything too real about relationship but it is very funny nonetheless.


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