We Need to Talk About Kevin

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(Don’t) hold your breath: there are THREE new releases directed by women… out next week, 5th June, including the UK’s Debbie Tucker Green with edgy, surreal domestic drama Second Coming. For perfect preparation this week, catch up with two decidedly weird, awkward and gripping takes on families, where difficult mothers face off with difficult teenagers: Ursula Meier’s Home (2008), via the BFIPlayer, and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin (2010), via BBC iPlayer. The ultimate in post half-term spiky pleasures!

Alternatively (or in addition), get ready for Second Coming by checking out another Black British filmmaker who’s been turning heads: cecileemeke‘s ackee & saltfish series is online - meet the filmmaker via BBC Trending, and then rent episodes directly from her site!

“It’s like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don’t hear about that on the 6 o'clock news, why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it’s a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. What are these people watching? People like me.”

We Need to Talk About Kevin, 2011

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It’s like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don’t hear about that on the 6 o’clock news, why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it’s a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. What are these people watching, people like me? (We Need to Talk About Kevin, 2011 )