‘Des’ | A Focus on the Victims, not the Killer

By Isobel Warner ITV’s latest drama Des successfully tells the victims’ stories, whilst simultaneously avoiding the glamorisation of a serial killer and his crimes.  “True Crime” as a genre of entertainment has skyrocketed in the past five years. With hugely successful Netflix documentaries such as Making A Murderer putting the genre on the map, there seems to be an…

How Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You breathed new life into TV drama

by Nicole Leslie Charria content warning: r*pe, sexual assault As Parliament brings in its ban of the rough sex defence and raises mainstream discussion on what justifies consent, Michaela Coel’s ‘I May Destroy You’ is a brutal examination of consent, what it means to be assaulted, and the ‘grey’ areas of rape. It is a…

The Midnight Gospel – Autofiction at its best

by Elliot Francis-Hewett The Midnight Gospel, brought to Netflix by Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward and long-time podcast host Duncan Trussell, takes a quantum leap in terms of what we have come to expect from wacky cartoons; delivering a multifaceted, emotional and introspective journey across worlds.  Cartoons have always been a space for creatives to…

Why did I sleep on Killing Eve for so long?

When I see entertainment media associated with or containing the words ‘murder’, ‘killing’, ‘crime’ and ‘thriller’ I generally tune out. The world is so depressing as it is, people are being buried in mass graves, the planet is dying, police are routinely murdering Black and Brown people at vastly disproportionate rates to white. None of…