‘I May Destroy You’ on BBC 1 & HBO is a hard hitting drama written, co-directed & starring Michaela Coel. The show follows her character, Arabella, navigate the fallout from a drunken night out as she tries to piece together what happened.
Juggling her work, her friends, her memories and the pressures of being a professional young woman in London, her life is part chaos, part artistry. At times she is loose, carefree and hilariously nonchalant and at others, introspective and delicate. It’s a real evaluation of big city life - full of all the daily issues and dangers and the seemingly unlimited number of spinning plates.
At it’s crux, the series focuses on the impact of sexual assault and how it is often swept under the carpet and manipulated. The depictions feel very real, shocking and in your face which is exactly how they should feel. It’s what makes the series such a powerful and unsettling watch. We all know that these issues exist. Now is the chance to understand and talk more openly about them.
Accompanying the visuals is an excellent soundtrack supervised by Ciara Elwis and Matt Biffa. Featuring tracks by Lil Simz, Rosalia and Tierra Whack. We particularly loved the use of Daft Punk’s ‘Something About Us’ at the end of Episode 3. You can listen to the soundtrack here.
Today (6th July 2020), the great Italian composer Ennio Morricone died in Rome aged 91. Throughout his illustrious career, Ennio scored more than 500 films (!) over seven decades. His work has touched the hearts of millions and his dedication to his craft has deservedly given him legendary status. Referred to simply as ‘Maestro’ by his fellow Italians, amazingly he was still touring his work up until only a few years ago. His most famous pieces can be found in the Sergio Leone directed spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood with the theme from ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’ going on to become one of the most recognisable pieces of music of the 20th century. Our favourite piece by the great composer is the theme to ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ starring Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson.
Also taken from ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’ is ‘Ecstasy of Dreams’ which has been featured in countless adverts over the years due to its build, melody and sense of euphoria. It truly is an ‘ecstatic’ piece exuding class and emotion. It’s been used by luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabanna, Lamborghini and H&M. Our favourite use is in the Nike NFL advert, ‘Fate - Leave Nothing’ featuring LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Polamalu.
As a bonus I’ll leave you with this timeless pop classic by Italian singer, Mina. Released in 1966, ‘Se Telefonando’ is another triumphant classic from Mr. Morricone. His sophisticated arrangement was a combination of melodic trumpet lines, Hal Blaine–style drumming, a string set, a 60s Europop female choir AND intensive subsonic-sounding trombones.
Oli // OPM
Playstation ‘The Last Of Us Part 2’
Lottie Kesner - True Faith
Just Eat ‘Did Somebody Say’
Snoop Dogg - Just Eat
Koppaberg ‘Outside Is Ours’
Abacus - Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (I Need Your Loving)