THE PERPETRATORS

Dir: Richard Squires

14 mins 30 secs, 2K DCP, stereo

2022

“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.