Kaleidoscope – UK, 2016

‘Murder is a matter of perspective’

Kaleidoscope is a 2016 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Rupert Jones. The movie stars his brother, Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio), Anne Reid, and Sinéad Matthews.


Middle-aged Carl (Jones), recently released from prison, is trying to adjust to life on the outside. His bleak life is challenged by the arrival of his controlling mother (Reid) just as he embarks on his first date in fifteen years…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“There’s an excellent sense of location here, along with very good actors giving very good performances, making up for the film’s twist ending, which is a bit exasperating […] At its best, Kaleidoscope is like an unsettling dream featuring an Escher staircase that plunges infinitely and vertiginously downwards.” The Guardian

“It’s very well-filmed: shadows, smoke, closed doors and eerie angles all add to the controlled, tense atmosphere. But the biggest asset of Kaleidoscope is its central star: a dozen revealing and contrasting emotions flicker across his face in a way that feels both honest and mesmerising.” Time Out (London)

” …stylistically and structurally innovative in a way that so many other British thrillers of this nature simply are not. Whilst the narrative complexity of Kaleidoscope may not be for everyone, it is an ambitious project that is sure to gain a cult following in years to come.” The Wee Review

” …the slow pacing and oblique nature of the plot might frustrate as the film ultimately proves to be ambiguous to an almost maddening degree. Appearing on screen for almost the entire run time, Toby Jones is excellent in his portrayal of a lonely, isolated man dealing with strained familial relationships and a past he’d rather forget.” Seen Some

“With artistic flare aplenty and gripping performances across the board, it’s a shame Kaleidoscope suffers from some pacing issues in the second and third act.  A tighter edit may have allowed a more natural flow to the surface narrative and help maintain tension before that note perfect conclusion.” Movie Review World

Filming locations:

London, England


Kaleidoscope was released in UK cinemas on 10th November 2017. In the US, IFC Midnight released the film in select theaters and VOD on December 8, 2017.

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