THE MARRIAGE OF REASON & SQUALOR (2015)
TV mini series 4 x 30 min & 100 min feature
Director - Jake Chapman
Producer - Colin Vaine
Production Company - Morass Productions, Sky Arts
MORAS involves a love triangle between Helmut Mandragorass, a mis-shapen author living on the top of a volcano, and his counterpart / alter ego Dr Algernon Hertz, a dashing consultant surgeon, and their love interest, the heroine Chlamydia Love.
Working closely with artist and director Jake Chapman creating and building the island of Moras was one of the best creative experiences I've had.
The Guardian says....
"Here we have a true cinematic oddity, in every sense. Originally conceived as a feature film, eventually realised as a four-part TV series (which Sky Arts are currently mid-way through broadcasting), this adaptation by Jake Chapman of his own novel has now been cut together as a single entity for international release."
"...scenes offer much in the way of insect infestations and rotting food (pinched, it has to be said, from Peter Greenaway) and Cronenberg-esque peeling skin. Nevertheless, these moments of gruesomeness knit rather well into the prevailing aesthetic, which is one of self-conscious artifice: Chapman has gone full out with the built set locations, ironically cheesy back projections and studiedly theatrical performances. There’s definitely something of the claustrophobically indoor style of Guy Maddin in the way Chapman has conceived of his film: you can feel the studio walls pressing in even on the apparently blue-sky and sunlit exterior scenes."