Did you ever see the BBC documentary about the sexual sub-culture (predominantly based in the US) of Feeders and Gainers?
Director Brett (Lawnmower Man) Leonard did, and he's made a sordy and seedy thriller set in this sexual fetish world too; Feed - set for release in the UK on February 17th.
Starring Jack Thompson, Gabby Millgate, Alex OíLachlan, Patrick Thompson and newcomer Rose Ashton, Feed is a daring psychological thriller that employs the conventions of the serial killer genre to tackle the controversial and morally complex world of internet voyeurism (or so it says on the press release at least).
Phillip Jackson (Patrick Thompson) is a cyber-crime investigator who polices the dark underbelly of the internet. One morning, his colleague, Nigel (Matthew Le Nevez), jokingly forwards him details of websites aimed at "Feeders" and "Gainers", participants in a sexual sub-culture in which fat-admiring men seek out obese women. But one such website, FeederX.com, appears to be something more than just an outlet for fat fetishism and erotica.
Somebody at FeederX is going too far, feeding his submissive charges during live internet broadcasts, while charting their weight gain, vital bio-signs, blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Heís also taking bets on the predicted time of each Gainerís demise.
Determined to uncover the perpetrator of what he believes amount to serial killings, Phillip tracks the siteís proprietor to Toledo, Ohio, where he makes a terrifying discovery that if it doesnít cost him his life will certainly cost him his sanity.
Laced with a deep vein of dark humour, Feed is a fast-paced and intelligent thriller that, given its subject matter, deftly manages to avoid being exploitative.
Feed (cert. 18) is released by Showbox Entertainment and will open at cinemas across the UK on 17th February 2006. We'll have our review of the film live shortly.