Dir: Richard Squires

14 mins 30 secs, 2K DCP, Dolby 5.1


Ghost Boy: Art Erikson

Chuck: Anthony Powell

Bobby: Eric Geynes

Animation: Elroy Simmons

Cinematography: Alex Grigoras, Richard Squires

Composer: Oliver Davis

Sound Design & Mix: Chu-Li Shewring

Consultant Editor: Lucy Harris

“I am a diagnosis… a medico-legal construct… of capitalist design”

Suburban London, the 1980s. A stranger in the family becomes a ghost child and awakens the monsters and desires of a queer childhood. Commenced during lockdown and shot in the neighbourhoods the filmmaker grew up in, THE PERPETRATORS collages moody analogue film, original animation and archival materials in a dreamy autofiction of queer darkness that ponders the correlations between Stranger Danger, the construction of homosexual identity and the institution of the family.

At a time when political leaders are once again escalating narratives of queer people being a threat to children, Squires’ timely reflection on his own 1980s childhood exposes the history of pathological representations of menacing queers.

THE PERPETRATORS had its premiere screening competing in the Short Film category at Queer Lisboa 26.

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Dangerous, Transgressive, Exciting: An Interview with Richard Squires Miruna Tiberiu, GAY45

Anatomy of a Panic: Richard Squires on the history of homophobia and The Perpetrators Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film