Tony - London Serial Killer
Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Gerard Johnson
Tony feels immediately like a film you’ve seen before. A soft-spoken, seemingly harmless and certainly pitiable man attempts to connect with a world that offers indifference to his advances and anger at his idiosyncrasies. Tony is so tragically awkward it made me a little sick at times to watch him. What I especially enjoy about the character of Tony is he’s already a killer when we meet him—we’re spared the "descent into madness" trope that eats up large portions of other serial killer portrait films. In fact, we’re spared much of the conflict/resolution story arc altogether—instead, the film is like a video diary of a portion of Tony’s life. Don’t expect intuitive FBI profilers or victims with backstory: Tony is about Tony, nothing more. This leaves the success of the movie riding almost exclusively on the shoulders of Peter Ferdinando, who plays the lead. I’m happy to report Ferdinando’s portrayal is convincing and sets a perfect timbre for this eerie film. While Tony doesn’t do much to lift itself above the burgeoning canon of serial killer portraits, fans of the genre will find plenty to like.
Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:30 pm - Treasure Mountain Inn
Monday, January 25, 2010 - 8:00 pm - Treasure Mountain Inn