If my review about Wolf Hall showed up my ignorance of Hilary Mantel's body of work on the printed page, then this review of The Casual Vacancy which has been broadcast for the past three Sunday evenings on BBC1, will serve as a further admission; I have never read a single word JK Rowling has ever wrote (nor have I ever watched a Harry Potter film in full) and I do not intend to.
With that in mind I naturally…
It'll probably surprise no one who knows a little of me and of my politics to learn that the only Hilary Mantel I've ever read is The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. As such I have no first hand experience of tackling her weighty tomes concerning Thomas Cromwell and the intricate machinations of the court of King Henry VIII, but I have heard that as many find them impenetrable as much as those who love them.
So thank heavens for BBC2…
What an amazing film.
Firstly if you're a nerd for the aesthetics of film, you'll love it. The 70s setting, the Giallo references are all perfect that you don't think of it as a present day film set in the 70s, this could be a lost forgotten 70s film.
Secondly, if you're a nerd for the mechanics of film, the technology, you'll REALLY love it.
I belong in the former camp really but this film has really given…
Oh Wheatley you weird mad fucker. You're just not happy unless your audience is completely and utterly bemused are you? Just when you give us something we can all grasp easily and find palatable (albeit dark of course) in Sightseers, you go and throw up this one.
Imagine if Michael Reeves took an LSD trip when making The Witchfinder General. Think of Peter Watkins Culloden or Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's Winstanley on shrooms. Chuck in a liberal dose of…