The first effort of this rising British filmmaker, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (1996) was made in 1994, shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and created a buzz in Great Britain. Benjamin Ross showed promise as a cutting edge writer and director willing to challenge the limits. The feature was drawn from the real-life story of a 14-year old science enthusiast who poisons his entire family, is caught and imprisoned and then released after serving eight years. Soon after his release, he resumes his ways, poisoning his factory co-workers. Ross eschewed the label of black comedy claiming it was "nastier and more aggressive" in <i>Premiere</i>, (February 1996).