Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World (15)

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I had mixed expectations from this film as the subject matter of severe mental health issues has been grossly misrepresented by a number of "big budget" productions.

Ollie, played by a more that competent Edward Hogg seems to lead a comfortable life. Noreen is his devoted girlfriend he intends to marry,he has a strong bond with his good friend Tom and a job he seems to enjoy plus ... a busying interest in astrophysics.

Noreen and Tom respectively are played by Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Knott.
I found Noreen's performance subtly instrumental in letting us into her comfort zone with Ollie. The relaxed innuendo between Noreen and Ollie is an excellent study in letting suspension "hang by a thread". Tom's powerful and confident juxtaposed role as friend is altered and he finds himself both supportive and immensely angered by Ollie's journey into the labyrinth of madness after Noreen dies.

I felt that the well executed introduction to the the latter painful psychotic behaviour of Ollie, was deliberately pedestrian, as if we really do need to try to understand the variety of circumstances that may trigger mental ill health.

(Very unfortunately, the deliberate pedestrian intro was untimely disturbed by a sudden loss of sound.......come on Raindance!!)

Cathy Tyson, friend of all concerned, acting as Jackie, superbly holds the dynamics together as she has the luxury of distance so her concern is pragmatic but real.

Ollie really draws you into his and our own sense that all is connected and his well researched interest in astrophysics and quantum "random yet determined" theories begins to take shape and colour his psychosis.....

Ollie dismisses prompts by work mates and his friends to seek medical help and descends into self harm. This leads to eventual medical support and Ollie seems enabled to formulate a defence mechanism yet questions remain...

Lots of promises here by Viv Fongenie ....bring it on....
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