Palace of Fun
Directed by Eadward Stocks
Rich girl Lily (Phoebe Naughton) meets not so rich but awfully cute Finn (Andrew Mullan) one evening in a British nightclub. Instantly smitten with one another, Finn is invited to spend a week in Lily’s opulent Sussex house until her parents return from a trip to Italy. The situation is immediately disrupted by the presence of Lily’s gay, arrogant younger brother Jamie (George Stocks). Instead of making himself scarce, Jamie interrupts the romance at every possible turn. Just as the situation is reaching a boiling point, Jamie discovers a revealing secret about Finn. Instead of telling Lily what he knows, the cynical and calculating Jamie decides to use it to play a dangerous and increasingly sinister game. The lush, privileged sunlit world inhabited by Lily and Jamie and their unsuspecting guest is overshadowed by an air of decadence and malice. Stocks’ deliciously entertaining thriller will keep you guessing until the end and recalls the acrid, sexy allure of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels.