Young Poisoner's Handbook

The Young Poisoner's Handbook

Director: Benjamin Ross

Cast: Benjamin Ross, Hugh O'Conor, Antony Sher, Ruth Sheen

     
 
Based on the true story of Graham Young, a young British psychopath of the early 1960s, this is the offbeat feature film debut of writer-director Benjamin Ross. Hugh O'Conor plays Young, who narrates the story in a sullen voice-over. He is an isolated, studious young adolescent who is increasingly absorbed in his chemical research projects and estranged from his

Overview

Based on the true story of Graham Young, a young British psychopath of the early 1960s, this is the offbeat feature film debut of writer-director Benjamin Ross. Hugh O'Conor plays Young, who narrates the story in a sullen voice-over. He is an isolated, studious young adolescent who is increasingly absorbed in his chemical research projects and estranged from his annoying family. After his greatest experiment blows up, he seeks revenge on his stepmother, who has falsely accused him of hiding pornographic magazines. The boy poisons her chocolates and then his sister's eye drops, partially blinding her. He next poisons his stepmother's stomach medicine. Graham lets her discover the notebook in which he has documented his work, but she can no longer speak, and she dies unable to communicate the truth. Young then starts to poison his father -- but lets himself be discovered and is sent to an insane asylum. There, he is befriended by a psychologist, Dr. Ziegler (Anthony Sher), an optimist who hopes for a recovery by exploring Young's dreams. ~ Michael Betzold

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A deeply disturbing, wildly funny ode to the filmmaking style of Stanley Kubrick with a splash of the gothic gallows humor of cartoonist Edward Gorey tossed in for good measure, this debut film from writer/director Benjamin Ross transforms a true-life incident into a revamped version of A Clockwork Orange (1971). It's a slick, clever effort to mimic a master that might possibly offend Kubrick's passionately devoted fans. It should be noted, however, that Ross is really creating an homage so exquisitely detailed in its worship of the great filmmaker that it insists upon being forgiven and ultimately accepted as a deft work of astonishing craftsmanship. Darkly hilarious and piercingly satirical in much the same way as Clockwork, the film even reaches beyond Kubrick occasionally to fashion a more psychologically clear portrait of its twisted protagonist while zeroing in on its targets in a less obvious fashion. The narration provided for lead Hugh O'Conor is deft, setting the simultaneously mournful and cheerily optimistic tone, working beautifully at odds with the events unfolding onscreen. The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995) is an audacious start for a gifted filmmaker who understands that if you're going to rip somebody off artistically, rip off the best.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
UPC:
0096009287894
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Echo Bridge
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Chapter selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh O'Conor Graham
Antony Sher Dr. Zeigler
Ruth Sheen Molly
Roger Lloyd Pack Fred
Charlotte Coleman Winnie
Paul Stacey Dennis
Samantha Edmonds Sue
Frank Mills Uncle Jack
Charlie Creed-Miles Berridge
Arthur Cox Ray
Frank Coda Billy
Tim Potter Simon
Hazel Douglas Edna
Dorothea Alexander Mrs Goez
Robert Demeger Mr Dexter
Peter Pacey Dickie Boone
John Abbott Chairman
Cate Fowler Social Services Lady
John Thomson Actor

Technical Credits
Benjamin Ross Director,Screenwriter
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Michelle Guish Casting
Caroline Hewitt Executive Producer
Matthias Kammermeier Art Director
Max Keene Asst. Director
Rainer Kolmel Co-producer
Eckhard Kuchenbecker Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Lane Score Composer
Matthew Baker Asst. Director
Peter Mcaleese Producer
Cameron Mccracken Executive Producer
Stewart Meacham Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Rawle Screenwriter
David Redman Associate Producer
Carole Scotta Co-producer
Anne Sopel Editor
Mark Stevenson Art Director
Eric Stonestrom Executive Producer
Frank Strobel Score Composer
Hubert Taczanowski Cinematographer
Sam Taylor Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Graham's Passion [7:01]
2. King and Queen [10:00]
3. Cleansing Bath [8:35]
4. Spiraling Downhill [7:21]
5. Attempted Murder [8:59]
6. Finding a Treatment [7:32]
7. Brilliant Diamond [9:16]
8. Torrents of Tears [8:13]
9. Factory Workers [8:06]
10. Dropping Like Flies [4:16]
11. John's Surprise [9:19]
12. Final Compound [10:35]

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