Playwright/photographer/novelist/children's author/painter/filmmaker Philip Ridley is one of Britain's most talented artists, but he's almost unheard of here in the States. A fucking shame, mate, so let's see if we can change that a little.
Ridley's second film was about the brutal British mob twins The Krays. He wrote the screenplay but didn't direct it, so while it contains some of his trademark obsessions, it doesn't have the tone of his more hands-on work. It is also unavailable on DVD in this country.
Having said that, Ridley's movies really aren't about the story, per se. At times, his films are closer to a pure cinema experience, with visuals trumping plot, dialogue and acting (at least in the first two films he directed).
So is it a surprise the film's eccentric, intellectual vision isn't a blockbuster? That it seems to be doing dismally at the box office here and in the UK?