‘I May Destroy You’ is a brutal take on sexual assault

The British series was directed by Michaela Coel and Sam Miller. Supplied
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Updated 11 July 2020

‘I May Destroy You’ is a brutal take on sexual assault

CHENNAI: The British series, “I May Destroy You,” directed by Michaela Coel and Sam Miller, for HBO and the BBC, comes at a time when sexual consent has become paramount.

There have been films across continents on the subject of rape, even marital, and in India things heated up after the 2012 Nirbhaya case in Delhi. A young woman was brutally assaulted by a group of men and then killed while traveling on an otherwise empty bus with her male friend. A television series on the horrific incident gripped Indians.

Similarly, “I May Destroy You,” written by Coel, bases the drama on her own nightmare experience, and she even performs the lead role as Arabella.

A black woman, born in London to Ghanian parents, Arabella is the best-selling author of “Chronicles of a Fed-Up Millennial,” which is based on her tweets. As the series opens, she is finishing the last chapters of her follow-up book and taking a short break from her rigorous work schedule.




Written by Coel, the series bases the drama on her own nightmare experience, and she even performs the lead role as Arabella. Supplied

But a night out turns to horror. The following morning, she finds herself in front of her computer with a very clouded idea of what happened during the night. A haunting image, though blurred, of a man sexually assaulting her is all that she can piece together.

This sets in motion the world of Arabella and her two friends, aspiring actress Terry (Weruche Opia) and aerobics instructor Kwame (Paapa Essiedu), which is one of high living. But their lifestyles do not mean that there can be physical violation or sex without consent and “I May Destroy You” examines the various forms of this sort of molestation.

It takes a while for Arabella to realize that her drink was spiked by the man who forced himself on her.




The series has no false note, and is narrated with wit, though sometimes painfully. Supplied

The series has no false note, and is narrated with wit, though sometimes painfully. There is a counselor who recommends handicrafts to get over sexual trauma. The characters are very well fleshed out, and the narrative seamlessly weaves in and out of the tragic and the comic.

But be warned, there are many distasteful visuals, which probably could have been edited out. After all, the Master of the Macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, was able to portray the most gruesome of murders without making them look bloody.


Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

Updated 03 August 2020

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.