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‘Little Deaths’ DVD Review

4 July 2013 3:30 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Amy Joyce Hastings, Luke de Lacey, Kate Braithwaite, Tom Sawyer, Jodie Jameson | Written and Directed by Sean Hogan, Simon Rumley, Andrew Parkinson

The anthology has a rich history in British film, from TV dramas such as Armchair Theatre and Hammer’s House of Horror to the classic Amicus anthologies such as Tales From the Crypt and From Beyond the Grave, in more recent years America has become home to the anthology greats (think Creepshow, The ABCs of Death and the excellent Trick r Treat). But now the UK are striking back with the portmanteau film Little Deaths.

A three part anthology directed by three of the UK’s most promising filmmakers – Andrew Parkinson (I, Zombie), Sean Hogan (Isle of Dogs) and Simon Rumley (Red White & Blue), Little Deaths tells three stories of sex and death, pushing the envelope of what “love” means in modern society…

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- Phil Wheat

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Have you been watching … Playhouse Presents?

23 May 2013 4:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Grayson Perry, Idris Elba and Peter Serafinowicz are among the many stars involved in this inventive series of 30-minute one-offs

How often do TV critics hark back to the heady days of Play for Today and Armchair Theatre? Back then, men were men, bitter was cheap and Ibsen was on ITV. Since the 80s, this sort of arts programming has all but died out. There have been resuscitation attempts, but the reception has been mixed: The Hollow Crown won Baftas, while Jerry Springer: the Opera spawned hate mobs.

In 2010, Sky Arts produced its own attempt, Playhouse Live. It was valiant but half-baked. I remember Alia Bano's Hens, broadcast live on Sky Arts 2, and it was lifeless, shabby and clunkily shot. Backs blocked the camera. The set seemed half-finished. Without an audience, it felt both stilted and dated.

This strand was replaced last year by Playhouse Presents, a series of miscellaneous 30-minute one-offs. »

- Matt Trueman

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