SXSW Preview: Tony

We’re about a week and a half into our SXSW 2010 preview and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. We have featured a few documentaries, a few competition films and a few big names. But we’ve yet to get into some of the edgier fair that is playing at South by next month. Up first is a serial killer from London named Tony (dir. Gerard Johnson). Looks like the story of a very skinner Milton from Office Space — only this guy goes one extra step in the process. A synopsis, photo gallery and trailer are below.


Isolated, alone and socially awkward but with an underlying capability of violence, Tony is an unusual and unforgettable character brought to the screen by first time feature director Gerard Johnson. Written and directed by Johnson, this dark, brutal and bleakly amusing psychological thriller was part of the official selection for the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2009 and has already drawn favourable comparisons to John McNaughtonÕs seminal Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. This alarming cinematic anti-hero is played exceptionally by lead actor Peter Ferdinando who went through an extreme physical transformation to capture the essence of Tony. Externally Tony is geeky and unhealthy which ensures his moments of rage remain chilling and shocking. Shot entirely on location in London, the city acted as an additional character in the film, both beautiful and deadly especially when accompanied by a delicate, occasionally pulsating score from the reclusive Matt Johnson, AKA The The.

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