The Count's Verdict: I went in knowing and having heard very little (if only the same could be said of Peter Strickland's previous film BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) and that paid dividends as THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY was full of surprises. What begins as a formally stylish yet strange glimpse into the often oneiric milieu of 'alternative' dominant/submissive sexuality - some scenes not exempt from the rather awkward cheesiness one associates with 'erotic thrillers' - soon manifests itself as an unexpectedly…
First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.
Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…
Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.
The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…