Pelican Blood is the tale of a young man living in London, one of the most vibrant cities on the planet. Nikko has just had a very bad break up with his girlfriend, Stevie and is going through the emotional healing process. To help with this, he is devoting as much of his time and energy as possible to his main hobby, bird spotting. Just as he seems to be making progress however, Stevie is suddenly back in his life in a big way.
The resumed relationship throws Nikko’s friendships into chaos, as all of his friends are well aware that they met on a suicide website, pledging to end it all together. “I once went out with a girl and we were both going to kill ourselves…turns out only one of us was serious” he declares at the opening of the movie. Steve is trouble from the word go, bipolar and un medicated, damagingly wild and self obsessed. She’s also drop dead gorgeous which means that poor Nikko doesn’t have a chance really, despite the fact that all of his ornithologist friends call her a nutcase.
The plot is charged with sexual electricity and the indivisible chemistry between two seemingly very mismatched people. It’s a highly emotional film, that doesn’t give any concessions to the audience as it tears through it’s journey of destruction, examining the things that motivate and drives us and whet we look for in life, noting how the two are often at wildly different extremes. It’s not a terrifically funny film, it takes itself very seriously at times and this can get a little pretentious, but what does work is that the characters are taken equally seriously,. Their wild attraction to each other which they both know is wrong and will prove destructive proving to be something that neither can just walk away from. They are real living breathing sexual creatures these two and we’re with them every step of the way, painful to watch though it might sometimes be.
With a fantastic young cast of unknowns, all of whom are destined for greatness one hopes and a brilliant director who is not afraid to follow through on their individualistic vision, Pelican blood is probably a little too offbeat to become a mainstream hit and if you ask me that’s a good thing. It’s a great film and one I can very much recommend.
Director: Karl Golden
Cast: Harry Treadaway, Emma Booth, Ali Craig, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Fulford