Monday, 10 April 2017

Hinterland 3

Oh Frabjous Joy! I've just discovered Hinterland is back for series 3.
I've written about this series before and never mind Broadchurch; this is the series to be watching.
It's not Agatha Christie or Midsummer Murders - it's much darker than that.

Filmed in a mix of claustrophobic detail and agrophobia inducing cinematographic landscapes;
 the vast bleakness of the land is matched by the bleakness of the lead character who lours over the production like the dark clouds of retribution.  He is ably assisted by another detective whose glossy black hair hints at one of Morrigan's ravens urging on the warrior in his battles against the evil that humans do.
If that sounds a bit over the top that is because this series totally draws you in, the plotting is strong and the storylines never fail to show the darkness and despair that surrounds murder and its effects on the local communities.
It's filmed twice; once in Welsh and again in English and the English version is peppered with sub-titles, enhancing the fact you are in a foreign land, forcing you to pay attention and focus on the dialogue and characters.  The acting style is pared down and wardrobe muted and sometimes it feels as though you are looking into the very bones of peoples lives.
It's not comfortable viewing but it is bloody good and if you like Scandi-Noir, you'll love this.
Watch it and rediscover fantastic drama on the BBC.

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