Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World

  • 15
  • Viv Fongenie (2010)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Mental illness in movies is so often depicted glibly, so it's a shame that a film that attempts to explore its paralysing effects with seriousness and sensitivity rather loses its balance. Edward Hogg certainly gives an impressive performance as a web designer who slips beyond mere grief after his girlfriend (Jodie Whittaker) dies suddenly, but because his condition is so internalised, it's hard to feel anything other than bemused concern for him. No medical explanation is offered for Hogg's ills (indeed, the one intervention by a doctor is contrived and clumsy), and his capricious actions and breathless meanderings about the mechanics of the universe only serve to make him more immersed and remote. Writer/director Viv Fongenie works hard to assess the impact of schizophrenia on sufferers and those around them, but any claims that this movie is Donnie Darko meets Billy Liar are well wide of the mark.

Plot Summary

A web designer moves in with a friend after the death of his fiancee, but finds himself continually drawn back to the place where she died. He becomes obsessed with a broken promise he made and puts his scientific knowledge to the task of putting things right, at the risk to his own sanity. Drama, starring Edward Hogg, Andrew Knott, Jodie Whittaker and Cathy Tyson.

Cast and crew


Ollie Kepler
Edward Hogg
Tom Hines
Andrew Knott
Noreen Stokes
Jodie Whittaker
Cathy Tyson


Viv Fongenie

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Nimbus Films
Released 15 Feb 2013