In 2006 Patrick Malahide played the part of Dr. Forbes in Like Minds. My DVD is called Murderous Intent, but I don’t like that title quite as much so I’ll stick with Like Minds.
Dr. Forbes is headmaster of a boarding school. His son Alex (Eddie Redmayne), one of the “like minds” referenced in the title, is a very troubled young man who has been implicated in three deaths including the possible murder (Or was it a suicide made to look like murder?) of his “best friend’ Nigel Colbie (Tom Sturridge).
This is a very good film full of twists and turns. Themes such as Gestalt theory, the merging of minds, eternity and the history/mythology of the Knights Templar (including the very creepy story of Maraclea) play a big part, all as seen through the eyes of extremely disturbed teenage boys. I’ll try not to give too many spoilers, but there will be some.
Director’s First Choice
Read: He sat across from me and it was like he was headmaster. It was frightening.
Giacco: He’s the perfect headmaster; he’s fantastic.
Read: He’s a lovely bloke.
Giacco: I feel frightened of him. (laughs)
Read: Well, I wanted that stern and that rigid kind of look but also someone who could fracture. I think he does that so well in this film. Again, it’s a subtlety of performance.
Awww, I’m sure he’s more lovely than frightening. Anyway, Dr. Forbes is very much as they described. With a gruff Scottish accent, beautiful flowing robe, and stern military-esque deportment he comes across as the exact sort of man you would want heading a boys’ boarding school.
Disruptive Son and Freaky New Boy
But, during assembly we see that he doesn’t have control over his own son who is chatting with his friend Josh (Jon Overton). He sends the boys to his office after assembly where Alex is confrontational and angry. Alex has just learned that he is to have a room-mate, Nigel, something he’s never experienced before. There is a lot of tension between father and son as they vie for control. Read on for gallery and bonus clip