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Tony (2009) - Trailer

Tony (2009) - Trailer
Year: 2009
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Type: Trailers
Duration: 1M32S
Cast: Neil Maskell, Peter Ferdinando, Lorenzo Camporese, Mike Johnson, Frank Boyce, Ish, Mark Mooney, Jill Keen, Lucy Flack, Darren Jones, Francis Pope, Ian Kilgannon, Greg Kam, Ian Groombridge, Ricky Grover, Callum Madge, Kerryann White, Adrian Walker, Eddie Johnson, Sam Kempster, George Russo, Neil Large, Rob Seth-Smith, Cyrus Desir, Vicky Murdock
Director(s): Gerard Johnson

Trailer: Tony (2009)

Meet Tony, a withdrawn, socially-awkward, and unemployed man living in a depressingly blah flat in a working-class part of London. In his free time, when he"s not busy being an amateur butcher, Tony enjoys watching VHS action films on a small and obsolete TV, querying escort agencies and prostitutes about their services and prices, meeting new and interesting people on the streets and in gay bars, and taking long walks by the waterside, where he dumps body parts. Tony enjoys the occasional beer and a toke of crack, and is a non-smoker. He"s lonely, badly in need of a cuddle, and would love to have you over for a powdered fruit drink and an uncomfortable and mundane chat and that bit of warmth that a corpse just can"t provide.

In the run-down London neighbourhood he calls home, Tony (Peter Ferdinando) has trouble fitting in. He doesn't have a job, and never has. He can't think of the right thing to say, or the right time to say it. He just wants to make friends, but no one will spare him a thought. His only companionship comes from the ultraviolent 1980s action movies he watches repeatedly on worn VHS tapes in his tiny, spartan flat. But then, Tony has a grisly little habit to pass the lonely hours: he enjoys murdering and dismembering those whom he lures to his home.

This first feature by Gerard Johnson is a mordantly deadpan, wickedly humorous take on the serial killer genre. Shot in an intimately realist style (hand-held camerawork, naturalistic lighting), Tony has the look of a morally upright neighbourhood drama. Much of the humour derives from the delicious contrast between this realist surface and the gruesome action it depicts. What moves the film beyond straight horror and gives it a sharp satirical edge, though, is the fact that Tony's victims are all folk one might quite like to rid the world of oneself: wide-o junkie louts, offensive sexual predators, TV license inspectors. Tony's a violent maniac, to be sure; but from another point of view, he's a local hero, cleaning up the streets for everyone's benefit. And contrary to expectations, there is one particularly odd moment of redemption ("he's not such a bad guy after all", we suppose the neighbours whisper). Tony's not amoral, just differently moral: a dysfunctional Travis Bickle for our times.

Tony sits loosely in a strand of pseudo-realist horror and comedy currently emerging from the UK: as matter-of-fact about unhinged violence as Mum & Dad (EIFF 2008); exploring a dark undercurrent of violence in a working-class
milieu, like Kevorkian's The Disappeared (2008); featuring a morally esoteric anti-superhero, à la Saxon (EIFF 2007). Like these pictures, Tony subverts the rather earnest tradition of British social realism by cloaking a savagely irreverent satire with a r via SXSW

Synopsis:

Meet Tony, a withdrawn, socially-awkward, and unemployed man living in a depressingly blah flat in a working-class part of London. In his free time, when he's not busy being an amateur butcher, Tony enjoys watching VHS action films on a small and obsolete TV, querying escort agencies and prostitutes about their services and prices, meeting new and interesting people on the streets and in gay bars, and taking long walks by the waterside, where he dumps body parts. Tony enjoys the occasional beer and a toke of crack, and is a non-smoker. He's lonely, badly in need of a cuddle, and would love to have you over for a powdered fruit drink and an uncomfortable and mundane chat and that bit of warmth that a corpse just can't provide.

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