The latest BBC/Netflix collaboration ‘Requiem’ is here. This moody kidnapping/ghost story stars Lydia Wilson as a cellist named Matilda Gray who finds herself embroiled in a mystery that it appears that some people don’t want solved. Along the way, things take a supernatural twist.
In 1994, a toddler disappeared from a small village, never to be seen again. 23 years later,
in London, the mother of Matilda Gray (Lydia Wilson) commits suicide. As Matilda grapples
with her mother’s death, she discovers evidence linking her mother to the girl’s disappearance…
uncovering long-buried secrets including one secret more bizarre, terrifying and dangerous
than anything she could have imagined.”
Written by Kris Mrksa and Blake Ayshford, and directed by Mahalia Belo, ‘Requiem’ also stars Clare Calbraith, Brendan Coyle, Dyfan Dwyfor, Tara Fitzgerald, James Frecheville, Joel Fry, Richard Harrington, Sam Hazeldine, Simon Kunz, Sian Reese-Williams, Claire Rushbrook, and Joanna Scanlan. The series has already aired on the BBC and has received comparisons to ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Don’t Look Now’.
Watch the moody trailer below:
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Mrksa discussed his thought process in creating the show:
“I often have two or three ideas kicking around. Then I suddenly realise they fit together and I have something to run with. The first kernel was the death of my mother – I realised that a whole part of my life had died with her. I had very little recollection of my childhood, and what I did have was imperfect because it was a child’s view of the world.
“My mother would always explain to me what was going on with Auntie Dolly, whether or not I’d had the measles jab. So I really lost things with my mother.
“Losing a parent is a loss that strikes at one’s identity. Identity is something that I have always been fascinated by. I think the idea that we are all a unified individual is more illusory than we recognise. So I began to combine a philosophical idea about identity with the theme of grappling with loss.
“I’m very much aiming to unsettle people. Since the 1960s, we have had this obsession with finding out who we really are, as if that will solve all our problems and make us happy. I’m very sceptical about that. Requiem won’t scare you like a guy with a chainsaw would scare you, but I hope I have created something haunting and disturbing. I want to cause lasting disquiet!”
Mrksa has said that it is possible that ‘Requiem’ could return for a second installment. “If the planets align and if we all decide that it’s the right thing to do, then it could come back [for a second series]… I originally conceived of it as a two-part story and it’s a possibility.”
The first season consists of six episodes and will be available to stream in its entirety on March 23.
Source: The Sun