Matthew Adams @ 2019-07-20 09:50:56
Wasn't completely sold on the BBC show Flowers (just came out on Aussie Netflix), but yeah, worth watching. Kate Bush film clip veneer, league of gentlemen weird (but not as uncomfortable) middle, and pushing beyond that into an honest look at depression and guilt and mental illness. Beautifully messy at its most honest moments, and darkly sarcastic in its most surreal scenes.
Andrew Walter @ 2019-07-22 08:49:04
I went into this expect to fully hate it, and in fact the things that I didn't like about it were still valid (the family were so upper middle class twee as to be completely unrelatable, they might as well have been in Gormenghast) but ended up really enjoying it. And yes, THAT particular scene about his depression...ooooof. It worked. But that illustrator doesn't have a computer wtf!!
Matthew Adams @ 2019-07-22 23:13:48
Hah, yeah, I assumed that the whole upper middle class setting was playing around with the whole C. S. Lewis, Enid Blyton, Gerald Durrell concepts of English childhood, romping around country cottages and manors and solving mysteries and having adventures. I think the "might as well be in Gormenghast" comment is apt. Like, I think we tend to imagine the lives of the authors to reflect the "magic" of the childhood books they write. So the illustrator travels from Japan to visit and become part of this family that appears to at first live up to this magical idea, only for it to be pulled apart by reality and mental illness and separation and grief. But yeah, that illustrator that was fluent in both manga styles and grubby Brian Froud/Quentin Blake styles of art was hard to take, and no computer...
Andrew Walter @ 2019-07-23 13:51:17
I forget his name, but I didn't realise until afterwards that the illustrator was played by the writer of the programme!
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