A dispute ensued after completion of this excellent British film [based on the book by Margaret Abrams] between director Desmond Davis and producer Leonard Davis (no relation), because of editing and other changes made by the producer without the ‘permission’ of the director. The producer’s version indicates that the changes were not sufficient to damage the film.
The director creates a cinematic essay on the life of a seven-year-old who finds himself in a catastrophic situation. Totally unprepared for the position, he finds being an uncle of a nephew the same age presents many difficulties. The entire film is done from the attitude of the pint-sized hero.
Most of The Uncle deals with the ‘loss of innocence’ of a small boy, Gus (Robert Duncan), over one summer.
Although the firm control of director Davis is evident throughout, he has been fortunate in having a cast that is entirely excellent, particularly young Robert Duncan as Gus (only a British child could look so profound at seven) and Rupert Davies and Brenda Bruce as his parents.