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Splendid San Junipero

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Black Mirror Spoilers

Ever wake up and think you want to escape to somewhere like you know, San Junipero?! Yes…that’s the first thought I had upon waking today.

Thanks to the latest season of Black Mirror, I can’t stop daydreaming into that landscape and world that is the party town and endless dance floor of San Junipero.

I realise that on one level that may sound particularly morbid inferring  the obvious but truly I just want a large dose of escapism for a while where I can drink diet coke in glass bottles (the only and best way to drink it) dance around to nostalgic  80s tunes, play by the ocean and have a whirlwind, passionate romance.

It really resonated with me. Isn’t that what good TV is? When it stays with you, has meaning, taps into a memory and lingers so that you visit that pocket of the show. I must have watched the ending credits 20 times. I tear up every time I watch it and question the notions of happiness and contentment, love and the technology that disturbingly caters for it at the tucker institute.

Maybe I am beyond disillusioned, maybe I am a hopeless romantic or just hopeful… maybe the theme of love really being all that matters was touching some vulnerable spots in me. Well it worked!

Aside from the killer soundtrack and the visuals being so heavily drenched in all things 80s, the writing is great – leaving gaps and keeping dialogue vague to to let the story unfold. I loved this – allowing the audience focus more on what matters – their relationship. It also seemed a refreshing episode suggesting that not all technological endeavours in the future are negative or to be feared. I also think  this episode could be used for a pro euthanasia argument  – allowing people to make decisions and  be empowered , whilst using the metaphor of going to a better place like San Junipero – it could be replaced with any other version of their “ happy place” .

I have read and heard a lot of speculation about Kelly and Yorkie and whether or not they drive off into the sunset and get their perfect ending – I suppose it doesn’t matter. Whatever loop they are in within their consciousness has them together with a complete sense of joy rapture and togetherness.

The song choice couldn’t be better for the closing credit sequence. “ Do you know what that’s worth”  – the value of life, death, choices and chasing the desire to be happy with the time we have.

If anything, Heaven indeed is a place on earth and it is located in big corporate server room at TCKR systems !

 

 

 

 

Rankled Robert

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After The Walking Dead recap marathon ( why oh why did I think I needed to rewatch all those emotionally traumatic episodes before tomorrow?!) I needed some viewing that wasn’t going to give me a frozen shoulder so popped on Ep 2 of Divorce.

Now, there’s a lot of things I could talk about in regards to this show. The SJP buzz for starters and her return to HBO / TV. I could fan girl out so hard about this. Then there’s one of my female writing idols Sharon Horgan – creator and writer of this show  amongst many other hilarious ones – like the wonderful pant wetting (yes, really) show Catastrophe.

I wanted to focus on Thomas Haden Church and his brilliant pettiness and character portrayal of Robert in this episode. As a Ned and Stacy fan, I was looking forward to him playing a more comedic role once again and he certainly did not disappoint. I was chortling throughout the episode.

Rejection and hurt manifests itself in a myriad of ways. Some reactions make no sense whatsoever and see us teetering around the border of crazy town. Robert is deeply wounded and has gone into complete shut down man cave mode. He resorts to being a child and this is demonstrated in his actions the entire episode  – locking her out of the house, putting her purse and keys in the trash, pretending he can’t hear her, not being able or willing to talk. You can’t blame him for processing and avoiding the enormity of the situation. The period between hearing life changing information and finally  processing it is a strange place to find yourself. This episode gives us insight into exactly where Robert’s headspace is at. The poor guy has been blindsided and is reacting not responding at this stage.

The hilarity comes from his childish behaviour where he is being beyond difficult and clearly not ready to talk about any of this nightmare yet. Frances finally gets inside the house and enters the bathroom to which Robert says “What if I’d been shitting?” to which so responds that he never has done ‘that’ in the morning. Perhaps it is the way he delivers the lines – so matter of factly that you can’t help chuckle. His mannerism and tone adds to the brilliant writing of this episode.

Not being married and therefore not experiencing divorce, I can still relate to the painful navigation of awkwardness that ensues after a relationship breakdown. Whilst it such a personal  event, I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this show – the tip toeing and creative lying to protect the children, the range of emotional responses and the challenging road to to communicating and working together to either get past it or end it.

Definitely worth watching – it’s a great balance of dealing with the sensitive nature of divorce whilst exaggerating the ridiculousness of it all in our coping mechanisms. I look forward to seeing where Robert and Frances end up.

The Wrong Girl is the Right TV Drama

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It’s been heedless of me to not talk about our own home grown Australian Drama on my blog.  The landscape is very different here with limited networks so we don’t have the volume to comment on and since we are only a few eps in I won’t prattle on too long. I thought I would take just a quick moment to acknowledge this show and perhaps persuade you to tune into it – you will be pleasantly surprised.

For me, there hasn’t been an Aussie drama as good as The Secret Life Of Us in forevererer. Yes, I loved Offspring, Tangled etc but they weren’t Evan and Alex …sigh! You can imagine that when I knew Judi McCrossin (chief writer of the Secret Life Of Us) was adapting the book – The Wrong Girl I got somewhat excitable.

To bring you up to speed  the show focuses on Lily Woodward, a producer on a morning television show. She is the everyday girl that we can all relate to as she tries to navigate this thing called life She is someone a lot of us can relate to and this is key – the commonality of the themes explored seem to be resonating with audiences as we are now a few episodes in.

A show of hands if any of these topics resonate with you …!?!!

1)Working in a job that you don’t love but because it is in the industry you want to be a part  you hang in there in the hopes it could lead to other things

2) What about being a young woman and not having it figured out – not being married or in a relationship – but you are watching every one around you getting houses, babies – all those adult like behaviours that for you, seem out there on the horizon…somewhere

3)  Navigating the people at work and the many personalities, politics and demands that come with that.

4) Men. Say no more! Not just any men – one you work with and your best male mate… and a stirring of romantic feelings in you for both of them.

Much credit is to be given to Jessica Marais who captures the endearing traits of sensibility and chaos in her performance as Lily. (As a side note doesn’t she wear some great nail colours too! ) Enter the  quirky flat mate Simone, played by Hayley Magnus who embodies that one friends we all have who is a little offbeat. Then the dreamboat Pete (Ian Meadows), Lily’s best male friend. Let’s be honest –  I am invested in their undercurrent of love and hope the story arc sees them realise their love for each other….that would be the right outcome…for me… but I guess the clue is in the title.

The writing is spot on and I am enjoying the pace and flow of it so YAY to the writing team – this makes me happy and hopeful and dare I say it…inspired to keep writing locally.

I look forward to watching her juggle friendships, conflicts and most of all her man issues!

Go on, give it a watch and embrace Australian TV!

“I’m not your adventure”

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WOW.

Perhaps the most powerful words on TV this year. (….no surprises it’s from Transparent.)

I was feeling a bit annoyed after watching the second presidential debate and having Trump’s comments of   “they’re just words”  looping through my head. I have always struggled when people dismiss words and stress that actions are more important.  As a lover of languages, writing and story telling, words certainly carry immense weight and watching this episode cemented that for me once again.

It cut right through me. I was crying well before I was aware of it.

After the episode I just laid on my bed having a little cry. 34 but feeling about 13.  Not entirely sure why the onset of tears was happening, but obviously some grief was erupting. Maybe it was extreme empathy for Shea, trying to, but never quite going to be able to understand her trans/formation and journey, a sadness for the behaviours that Josh displays and his inability to be aware or change them, loneliness and essentially those words convey a dejected, used feeling. UGH.

I have been studying a lot this year in script writing. There are so many rules and formulas and “Hollywood standards” – and once (hopefully) I can grasp that I hope to just push those boundaries like Transparent. I like all those who don’t quite follow those said rules – Tarantino, Lynch, Sorkin….. but what I like is what they have to say and how they have to say it. I loved Jill Soloway’s Emmy speech this year where she said this about story –

When you take women, people of colour, trans people, queer people, and you put them at the center of the story, the subjects instead of the objects, you change the world, we found out. We found out!

The importance of dialogue was a fascinating topic during my course.

I want to move people and tell those stories. That’s why I love TV that’s why I want to write. Emotional resonance is powerful. I woke up this morning with a renewed vigor to write and create. Tell those stories, share those voices, move people, start a dialogue, a conversation and then watch it grow to help communities, politics…. This show is the catalyst for so many wonderful things and I hope its positive momentum continues.

Let’s talk about the exceptional Trace Lysette.

In a childlike moment, running through an abandoned water park and sharing an intimate moment, she finally feels it’s safe to share with Josh that she is HIV positive. I love that this show is able to have very real conversations – sure, Josh is a bit rattled, it’s new information and processing it all is quite full on. Some stigma around it and misconceptions by him – sure. The line by Josh where he asks  “ can we hit pause…can I be a bit weird about it”  he is digesting this information. The essence of the scene is the complete disconnect between them. He says its cool but it’s evidently not cool at all and Shea reacts with extreme and justifiable hurt. It diminishes their relationship or interaction within seconds.

Raw emotion will get me every time. The audience can tell when it’s sincere  and they believe what they are saying.  Trace Lysette delivers that whole scene and especially that line of “ I’m not your fucking adventure”  from way down in the depths of her being. It destroyed me. All of the hurt, pain, frustration, hope – packaged and delivered in one perfectly executed and written line. From this I wanted to know more – more about this person and her real life journey.

What a fantastic human being – I would read this article about her which details her personal connection to the character.  I love this show for so many reasons –it  is educating me, along with others, about this very important and relevant topic , allowing these human lights to shine brightly rather than hide away and have their sparkle dulled. Love, create, play, show compassion, understand, have patience, be tolerant, acceptance  – all the good things.  I have enough trouble trying to get my formatting right in my scripts – a long way to go before I can create such impact dialogue and characters – but this makes my heart full and burst with positivity and hope.

I also love that she is real with Josh. No one really calls him out on his emotional immaturity and lack of accountability. She blasts him calling him a fucking child. A really great underlying comment on Josh’s character – when will he take ownership for who he is and his actions?! There is some redemption for Josh as he drops Shea at the airport he says “ Sorry… I don’t know what I’m doing” – ARGH I really want his character to find himself..anyway….god Jay Duplass is just phenomenal in general…sidetracking…

Love over fear…always. Please. It’s the only way we will ascend x

Thank you transparent team x
(and especially this group of inspiring writers… sorry this is all I could find from researching…)

Arabella Anderson ,Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue.,Noah Harpster,Jessi Klein., Stephanie Kornick Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott , Our Lady J ,Faith Soloway , Jill Soloway.

season 3 trailer xxx

Wondrous Westworld

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I was bursting for Westworld to start .  I am certain I drove most of my closest circle crazy in the lead up to the air date. I am still hoping my parents will watch it after I broke them down and they watched The Night Of AND OBVIOUSLY they liked it – I mean, what do I have to do to explain that HBO simply don’t produce anything that’s not quality…I digress.

As an avid TV watcher you reach a certain point where you crave something that stimulates the brain, that makes you think. Sure, there are TV shows where I want to tune out to like Scandal and get lost in the romantic dilemmas of Fitz vs Jake and then there are other shows that I want to be a part of it, get lost in the world and piece together the complexities and intricacies of the world and what’s going on.

There is so much to say about this show, the episode,  MANY questions – but there are loads of articles, with paid writers, who can do that articulately for you. I have already argued about the scalp and the maze, and a multitude of theories in the office today!  This is just a bit of dribble…

The second episode excited me somewhat because the fantastic  James Raymond “Jimmi” Simpson was introduced as William. Let’s be honest , I love James Marsden and now another James…well Jimmi, is gracing our screens. (Just in case you needed a purely VISUAL reason to watch Westworld  if the dramatic setting and insanely good looking hosts weren’t doing it for you …)

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Jimmi’s  roles thus far, casted to perfection, he is in interesting shows and plays fascinating characters.. If he seems familiar to you, no you aren’t in a loop or narrative,…he is in a lot of things but notably and in more recent times, The Newsroom and House of Cards in recent times.  I am yet to watch Hap and Leonard but will. Underrated and just a dream – perfect for the James Brolin equivalent character casting.

When we meet William he is rather hesitant and timid in front of his stunning host.  He is told “How far you go is entirely up to you.” aren’t we all immediately wondering what he is capable of? We haven’t had this insight  or privilege with any character to start the park journey with them from the beginning.

Then we are taken to the final detail – a cowboy hat.

A striking and deliberate visual of picking up the white hat?! I hope this hints at his core nature.  The show is intriguing me on this psychological level – I suppose I am waiting to see a characters journey unfold of seeing just how far they will go.

Then we realise we are in a train carriage…. A clever introduction to propel the story forward and reveal more to the viewer and starts to answer the questions we had from episode one –  how do you get there? how do you get the clothes? Do they get any information or an induction package?

So far, he is the only character, where as a viewer, we feel like he is experiencing it from the same POV. We experience the park how he might – taking it all in, asking questions, being curious by the stories the hosts start to tell  – unfortunately his friend Logan, played by another dream boat, Ben Barnes, squashes most of his natural curiosities – a familiar and frequent visitor to the park who has his own agenda.

I have enjoyed the dialogue that hints to reveal more of William’s personality – we are told he works too hard, we see his tender moment with Dolores (the new Teddy) . I can’t help but think he is in the park for the magic and wonderment of it as opposed to the violence and sex like Logan.

If you haven’t famliarised yourself with Jimmi you should! Check out this article… see, he get’s as excited as we would by Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood… humble…normal…. worth watching  :)

It’s “Easy” to watch…

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After a disastrous date day with myself (yes, that’s a thing….someone has to do it so it may as well be me) where I tried to watch a movie but had a couple commentating the entire way through, I decided to swing into the supermarket get some emotional eating/drinking supplies, head home and see what delights were on Netflix – people and noise free.

“Easy” appeared first in my recommended for you list. I also received an email from Netflix earlier that week so thought I would give it a whirl. 7 episodes later, chip crumbs all over me and running dangerously low on diet coke, it would appear that it held my interest. I only have one left to go….

Let me tell you quickly why I enjoyed it so much. I am pretty fussy. I work in TV, I watch an AWFUL lot of it, I try to write about it and play around with scripts so I suppose I am as much of a critic as anyone can be these days. Joe Swanberg is not unknown to me he is an indie genius … he has an extensive list of work to his name ( not familiar with ALL) – but I have seen his more recent works like “Drinking Buddies” and loved the episode he did of “Love”.

The show is about the interactions and various relationship dynamics in Chicago. Each episode is different, with no obvious  or  consistent continuity and I really like it.  Bite size commentary, interesting insighst and a look into the dynamic and ever changing world of people and how they relate to each other. I found it fascinating  – at least from a psychologically point of view. It’s relevant and realistic in terms of the dialogue and behaviours – you will easily be able to identify people like that in your group or wider circles.  Writing in such a seamless/effortless manner is no easy task – but this show captures this and has executed it successfully.

I was reading a review about it  and was also just told by someone today that it was a “mumblecore” genre…and that the Dupalss Bros (who I ADORE) are in this category – sometimes it baffles me how much I DON’T know. That term is defined as such:

mumblecoreˈ     mʌmb(ə)lkɔː/

noun

  1. a style of low-budget film typically characterized by the use of non-professional actors and naturalistic or improvised performances.

“an actor/filmmaker known for his cinematic experimentations with mumblecore”

I suppose that is accurate – ish. The natural flow of this series is fascinating. It may challenge some people who are used to a particular formula and set up of a TV show – just go with the flow is my advice on this one.

I have found myself pondering relationships around me and wondering what on earth it is like out there these days – all triggered from the show. Perhaps the reason why I thoroughly love this so much is that it is, at its core, very real. There are so many layers, stories, people, places, events and interactions that go on in our daily lives and no one has any idea about those complexities or intricacies. I like that this show provides a potential (even if fictional) insight into what else is going on out there outside of your head and social circle. Such a vastness of experiences!

There is something very exciting and unrefined (not in a bad way) about his style and the way he writes and creates. An exceptional talent and one I hope to draw on it for my future dabbling.

Finally, the best thing about “Easy” is that it is easy to watch!

Check the trailer out….

Oh yeah, it also has a killer cast ….and yes, they are all awesome in their roles… Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Jane Adams, Elizabeth Reaser, Evan Jonigkeit.

oh and episode 6 – MY OH MY.

 

Openness with Oliver Sykes

 

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It’s a strange universal phenomenon that certain frontmen/women of music groups have such an effect and impact. Perhaps they are completely unaware of this or don’t wish it to happen but the limelight has forced the world to know about it. It’s a powerful aspect when you can empathise, identify and find we can relate to these people. This is going to be about Oliver Skyes, frontman of Bring Me The Horizon and the experience I had witnessing him in Sydney this weekend. Music is such an emotional and transformative force – with healing and cathartic powers. It can take us on the journey of grief and sheer love. It evokes so many feelings within us all. Paired with a lead singer with some spark and personality,enhances the experience – it’s odd. I can’t explain it but something happens where you feel like they are right there in your brain. It’s a certain art – the ability to deeply and profoundly move people. I haven’t had such an experience for many years – that was until of course Sunday night which I will discuss shortly.

This experience of complete identification and immersion with a band/lead singer happened to me with Nine Inch Nails around that fun teenage puberty time. My broken cd on repeat – listening to the lyrics “ wish there was something real, wish there was something true” being unable to formulate my own emotions into words – he had done it for me. Without thought I would sing it over and over like a form of cathartic therapy. Dealing with my first heartbreak, school bullying, dysfunctional family,  lies, rumours and the battle to fit in and then a desire to completely rebel against it. My most important possession during my teens was my portable Sony stereo. I had various stereo incarnations over time …

I think of some of those key people in my music shaping life and this is just A SLICE… probably the most influential was Trent Reznor. Then to rattle off some others of bands/musicians I like look at Kurt Cobain, Robert Smith, Daniel Johns, Marilyn Manson, Michael Hutchence, Steven Tyler, Maynard Keenan, Courtney Love,  Axl Rose, Michael Jackson – and they all have a story and one mostly of adversity. Drugs, addictions, heartache, mental health, abuse. It seems unfortunate that so much pain is the source of their creativity.

I then look at other influential figures like Oprah, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Iyanla Vanzant of the more humanitarian spiritual areas and they all had serious events that cracked them wide open.

Maybe these events have to happen it’s all part of embracing who they are, their journey and their artistic ability. If you know any of these people and musicians you know some of their struggle.

http://www.spin.com/2013/08/nine-inch-nails-trent-reznor-cover-story-spin-2005/ – If not you can read about Trent Reznor’s there…

I will never forget this one statement when I am wracking my brain in those hellish moments of mental health…. Eckhart Tolle says this statement bothered him – when he was suicidal he expressed that “ I”  hate etc etc “ my self”  – a distinction between I and the self.

https://www.eckharttolle.com/article/Spiritual-Awakening-Of-Eckhart-Tolle

On Sunday I went to the BMTH gig. I was introduced when I asked someone for some music to get into – they knew I liked heavier music… so it’s been a fair few years that I have been into them but never had the opportunity to see them live. He, like Trent Reznor, in many ways, really reaches into those deep dark corridors and screams with raw emotional intensity. You can’t fake that stuff. To quote Reznor “ the only way out is through”  Perhaps that’s why they have the following they do. Oli had laryngitis… and still performed. Perhaps not altogether unaware of how appreciative his fans were and the genuine impact he has on educating younger minds about mental health. There was an intro piece before a song called doomed – I could find a very fuzzy video of it here…

A personal journal ultimately –  recorded for all to hear…. It just had such a deep effect on me. When someone tells you their truth, embraces it for all the world to see – it’s not an easy thing to do. He has had a relationship break down, friends deaths and the words were heavy. Grief is a strange thing – it’s like a poison that stops you in its tracks and just when you feel better it can drag you right back under. It was moving and heart wrenching.

It’s courageous and inspiring to have heard him openly talk about depression. Before they played sleepwalking he said he felt sorry for people who hadn’t experienced depression – I agree. Without the dark you don’t know the light and you can’t appreciate those highs. If you know yourself, truly know yourself – all the dirty dark depraved places then I think that’s the healthiest thing you can do when tackling mental health. If you can truly be ok with all facets of your mental health then you know you can ride it out just like a wave.

All the artists I like go to those places… they take you on a journey into those places…. It makes my heart heavy that they often don’t know the sheer impact they have. That their voice, their music can reach so many on so many topics across the globe. In some ways I am envious they have a platform to reach out when they are going through their own nightmares.

As much as we can empathise we will never know someone’s internal world or private universe – everyone feels their pain at 100%.

I just hope that they can breathe in that they are valued and that their music can bring a little bit of relief to many. I hope they can take comfort that their words convey genuine meaning and value to others. We all need to be a little but more like Oli – embracing our truth and creating a sense of openness on so many important topics effecting all of us.

It’s ok to discuss these thing.

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/interview-bring-me-the-horizons-oli-sykes-on-depression-and-inspiration-from-louis-c-k.html

Visuel Versailles

 

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Being a bit of a history nerd I do love a good period piece drama. I wouldn’t say I am an expert by any means on King Louis but familiar enough to see how this was told on screen…made by English …and spoken in English…I was curious as to how it would look/feel.  There has been a lot of hype around Versaille so I decided to binge watch 4 eps on SBS demand (always waiting in Australia arghh) to immerse myself completely in it.

My initial emotional reaction was one of immense hair (wig) envy of both colour and loose curls…sigh. Especially Louis –  he has that lovely chocolate brown I struggle to acquire.Then mid diet coke sip I thought just buy wigs!   Even the delightful Alex Vlahos, who plays Philippe Louis’s brother ( a bit of a dreamboat..like a lot of a dreamboat actually), has referenced the extravagance of the production stating :

“My wig cost £4,000 and I had three – the set alone cost millions and the scale was massive, bigger than anything I had ever done,” he says. “The sets were so lavish they had recreated the interior of the real Versailles down to the last centimetre.”

Indeed it is is visually stunning to watch. Sure, a 24 million (GBP) budget helps with this in terms of location, set, costumes. An overwhelming sense of grandeur and opulence has been successfully created with no detail spared. An aesthetically pleasing cast too … that are doing this production justice  I had to giggle when the Guardian referred to the very lovely George Blagden as  “Louis the phowarteenth”.  I can confirm is accurate – wonderful, glowing skin and eyes –  radiant indeed as the sun king – definitely using BB cream. The dynamic between Louis and Philippe is fascinating to me and I am enjoying the tension between them and the constant push pull they have.

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Here we have the scrumptious George Blagden as Louis and Alex Vhalos as Philippe x

There have been some unfavourable reviews and the series has been referred to as a “stinker” – I think they have missed  the point …where they harp on about the extravagance and sex scenes  –  historically we can obtain that Louis XIV was “intensely, fantastically dramatic” and therefore the setting and cast reflects this element that is at the core of his personality and reign. What I love about this production thus far, is it is explaining the man, his drives, his passions and his relationships – history fills in the rest with facts and war dates, triumphs and accolades, achievements etc . I care about the person – the interpretation of Louis. So many reviewers are just so quick to judge  –  love to see these reviewers make something of this scale! Appreciate it for what it is…  It’s just very romantic how the show has been put together and this insight is not to be overlooked. It is a vital element to the series. Louis to me, was a dreamer, a visionary , idealistic and romantic. Everything that surrounds his world and that is his world must reflect this. Bien joue Simon Mirren and David Wolstencraft and the writer’s Andrew Bampfield and Sasha Halis.

It is hard not to be captivated by the Palace of Versaille that is developing around each episode. I like to think that as the palace grows and expands, so too is Louis and his  mighty  personality and style.

It may not be War and Peace (seriously that book  has 560,000 words ) but it is still enjoyable to watch and truly is  visuellement superbe!  (that’s the best my French will allow for..and just one more non costumed pic for general happiness)

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Inexplicable Ivy

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It certainly is a struggle at the moment for me to get through the vast amounts of TV that I need and want to watch. Over the weekend I finally watched the BBC drama, Thirteen.  This is just a little sprinkle of thoughts. After hearing murmurings from friends and colleagues as well as being very aware that my Welsh crush, Aneurin Barnard was in it, I knew I had to get stuck into it. Perhaps the very best thing about this is that is is was created and produced entirely by women. I dare say that the tender and more subtle emotional nuances in the show perhaps emerged from this creative ensemble. They have nailed everything from the writing, casting and producing and it’s very encouraging to see in the industry. The pace is great and the plot progresses easily –  with the right balance of action and keeping it tense in all the right spots.

I have always been drawn to the darker topics so was interested in how they would tackle one of the more disturbing subjects on screen. There has been plenty of abduction stories so what would they do? How would they approach it?  It’s an interesting journey we take with all the character’s dealing with the topic of abduction and the many complications both physical and psychological of a capturer / bonder / stockholm syndrome-like scenario. Subtext a plenty and not at all overt, there is a lot left for the audience to gauge and fill in.  Of course there is the usual theme of adjusting to life as it is, everything has changed which is overwhelming on its own but we never really get much insight into the  mental torture and physical abuse Ivy endures nor to the profile of her captor, Mark White.

The different interactions Ivy has with her family , friends and the police is what makes this a compelling drama. Multifaceted and complex, I couldn’t really every get a profile on who Ivy was , her core truth. Those ongoing background questions make for captivating and intellectual viewing.

The only time I think I saw the ‘true’ Ivy was when she was with Tim, her former boyfriend. (Just as a brief aside It was somewhat unsettling to see Anuerin playing a role  in normal clothes, outside a period piece costume and using modern technology. Always a good thing not to be typecast).

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Reverting to their teen versions when reunited , there was sacred and soft between them…not requiring spoken words. It was more a deep knowing on a soul level where words become unnecessary. There aren’t many people you can sit in silence with and yet say so much. This is how I would liken their scenes and it set me off into a deep energy releasing cry- athon!

I haven’t even started on the the acting prowess by all, the delightful Richard Rankin and some beautifully shot scenes –  but just watch it and see for yourself!

Ultimately a tale of survival and recovery, perhaps the more realistic side of survival.  I will leave you with an article from the writer, Marnie Dickens, discussing how there is no happily ever after with this type of situation or experience…

http://flavorwire.com/584719/theres-nothing-happily-ever-after-about-it-thirteen-creator-marnie-dickens-on-the-drama-of-survival

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