Finally a Drama synopsis to get excited about.
SBS will screen the UK anthology series Black Mirror from writer Charlie Brooker (Dead Set), a new austere, darkly comic set of three dramas set in various dystopian versions of future reality.
According to a Press Release it brings “bestiality, pornography and mortifying technological advancements to SBS ONE in his new hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected.”
Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of society before anyone has stopped to question it. In every home, on every desk, in every person’s palm is a plasma screen – a monitor, a smartphone – a black mirror of our 21st Century existence.
Google and Apple are worshipped and Facebook algorithms know some people more intimately than their parents. People have access to all the information in the world, but no brain space left to absorb anything longer than a 140 character tweet.
Black Mirror taps into the collective unease about the modern world. These three stand-alone dramas are sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that are equal parts clever shocking and disturbing.
Episode One: The National Anthem
A twisted parable for the Twitter age, ‘The National Anthem’ looks at how information is now disseminated so quickly and public opinion now so loud, powerful and quick to change, that life is very much harder for the rich and supposedly powerful. It is a political thriller in which a Kate Middleton style princess and much-loved member of the Royal Family, is held hostage only to be released if fictional Prime Minister Michael Callow has sex with a pig live on television.
Monday 8 October at, 9.30pm on SBS ONE.