Following an undisclosed shame, former puppeteer Philip returns to his shabby Norfolk childhood home and only surviving family member, gratingly unpleasant stepfather Maurice. Hanging off the edge of his own sanity, Philip tries to destroy his horrid memories which are encapsulated in the form of Possum, a large and hideous spider puppet. But Possum only pretends to be dead.
Under-appreciated character actor Sean Harris (recently recognizable as Mission: Impossible antagonist Solomon Lane) stars with an insanely nuanced and chilling portrayal of isolation and trauma. Shot on 35mm with a fittingly yellow and brown rotted palette and a puppet that delivers some seriously disturbing imagery, writer-director Matthew Holness’ first feature is a twisted psychological thriller that deep-dives into a bleak surrealist nightmare. —Joseph Hernandez
Matthew Holness wrote and starred in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace before moving into directing. His short films include Smutch, A Gun for George and The Snipist. Possum is his first feature.
Director: Matthew Holness Cast: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong Producer: James Harris, Mark Lane, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones Screenwriter: Matthew Holness Year: 2018 Runtime: 87 minutes Country: UK Language: English Section: General