THE BLACK STRING
Written by Brian Hanson and Richard Handley; Story by Andy Warner
Directed by Brian Hanson
The first thing that strikes you with THE BLACK STRING is the empathy Jonathan’s face demands. He’s a guy whose quiet suffering and pain bounces off the screen. From the first time you meet Jonathan (a very good Frankie Muniz), working a lonely shift at a – in his own defiant words to his parents– “Lifestyle convenience boutique” you’re with him.
He isolates himself from everyone around him (even ignores his Mum’s phone calls) until his crippling loneliness gets too much and he’s seduced by an ad for a ‘Singles Hotline’. What ensues then is what can only be described as a nightmarish descent into a hellish abyss that you hope to avoid.
From here on in, his life – funnily enough – takes on a life of its own. Af