Dirt, Grime, And More Dirt
Imagine: Central America. Draught stricken. Mid nineteen thirties. A broken-shackled man is watching is mother die in a two room dirty shack. The wind blows dirt through every crack in the walls as the woman rejects the touch of her son.
This is how we are introduced to Ben Hawkins the troubled lead character of Carnivale.
This is an amazing production. I hope everyone is able to watch this series at some point. If you live in Australia, then you should be watching it every Sunday night at 8.30 on ABC.
The same words to describe this show keep circling my brain. Dirty, dusty, grime, grim, bleak, weird, intriguing, mysterious.
For a little more info look at my previous post, Sideshow Freaks.
I had told my family virtually nothing about this show before subjecting them to it tonight, and both stuck it out. My brother thought it was a DVD and asked to watch more! I force feed a lot of shows on them, and am happy when I find one that we all enjoy.
The cast is bigger than I could have imagined. I'm not talking about 'stars' or 'names', but actors who work all of the time in a variety of roles for little recognition.
I would be remiss if I didn't warn that Carnivale is not easy viewing. If you prefer to be spoon fed plot, then stick with the soaps, but for those who enjoy great production values, mysterious characters and excellent acting, pick up that remote and relish.