A sadly neglected gem of British Cinema, this stunningly inventive film takes in German Expressionism, the pop promo, the docudrama and film noir. And that’s just for starters. The story of a mysterious man who creates chaos and anarchy in his wake, this has buckets of sly humour and a pleasingly dark edge. With brilliant performances from Thomas Fisher and Ian McNeice, this is an astounding reminder that UK cinema is much more than gangsters and girls in corsets.
Shot largely in black-and-white, The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz tells the story of a mysterious man (Thomas Fisher) who climbs out of a hole and hails a cab to London, where he takes on the identities of various people he encounters over the course of the day. A total eclipse of the sun is due to take place later in the day, and as the stranger assumes various identities, chaos overtakes the capital. It’s all observed literally with a blind eye by a fat police chief (Ian McNeice) who harbors a connection with the Astral Plane.