1998 ~ All the Little Animals (as Bobby Platt)

Directed by Jeremy Thomas
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Written by Eski Thomas (screenplay), Walker Hamilton (book)
Starring John Hurt, Christian Bale
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography Mike Molloy
Editing by John Victor-Smith
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date(s) UK July 9, 1999, USA September 3, 1999
Running time 112 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £3,500,000 (estimated)
Info & Plot
The story centers on a emotionally challenged man named Bobby (Christian Bale). He runs away from home in order to escape his abusive stepfather (Daniel Benzali), nicknamed “The Fat”, who had killed Bobby’s pet mouse and, as Bobby puts it, screamed at his mother until she died as a result. He finds himself in woodlands near Cornwall in England, eventually meeting an old man after being involved in a car accident (John Hurt). Mr. Summers, as the man calls himself, spends his time traveling and giving burials to animals that have been killed by cars, a task he refers to as “The Work”. Bobby, also having an affinity for animals, becomes friends with the old man and aids him in his task. Eventually, the pair return to London to confront “The Fat”.