[Daily article] March 25: Uncle David

Uncle David is a 2010 British black comedy film directed by David Hoyle,
Gary Reich, and Mike Nichols. It was produced by Reich and stars Hoyle,
an English performance artist, in the titular role alongside Ashley
Ryder, best known as a pornographic actor. Developed collectively under
the banner of the Avant-Garde Alliance, it was filmed in October 2009.
Created without a script, every scene was improvised and filmed in a
single take. The film is set in a caravan park on the Isle of Sheppey in
Kent, South East England, and follows a young man with a childlike mind
named Ashley (Ryder), who asks to stay with his delusional Uncle David
(Hoyle). Escaping from his abusive mother, Ashley enters into a sexual
relationship with his uncle, who offers his insights into the world and
the nature of reality. Eventually Ashley tells David that he wants to
die, and David agrees to carry out the killing. The film premiered on 25
March 2010 at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival held in the BFI
Southbank in central London. It won the Grand Prize at the Paris Gay and
Lesbian Film Festival Awards 2010, but reviews were mixed. It was
released on DVD by Peccadillo Pictures in 2011.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The Yongle Emperor launched the first of his military campaigns
against the Mongols, resulting in the fall of the Mongol khan


The Slave Trade Act became law, abolishing the slave trade in
the British Empire.


Following the overthrow of the Russian tsar Nicholas II,
Georgia’s bishops unilaterally restored the autocephaly of the Georgian
Orthodox Church.


The Soviet Union began mass deportations of more than 90,000
people from the Baltic states to Siberia.


A gunman in Seattle, Washington, US, entered a rave afterparty
and opened fire, killing six and wounding two, before committing

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

all Sir Garnet:
(Britain, slang, dated) in order; perfect.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this
cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  

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