Surreal Noir: 22 Dec 21

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In a contemplative yuletide vein, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. This episode gets me belatedly into seasonal mode: an exploration of fictional accounts of the Parker-Hulme murder and its repercussions. In the darkest days of the year we tend to hide; with good reason – who knows what might lurk in the dark. Even if it’s only a couple of teenage girls..but wait. Why are their hands so bloody? This episode explores the fact, fiction, and surreal art of the notorious crime.

Last episode featured a dive into Highsmith’s Cry of the Owl and the 2009 adaptation with Julia Stiles, Carolyn Davernas, and Paddy Considine (my piece in the upcoming Retreats from Oblivion takeover of Film International).

I also yammer on a bit about Laurie Anderson’s Norton Lectures and how they have revived my sagging midwinter spirits.

In addition to readings from Vin Packer’s novelisation of the crime there’s a review of the other sources of interest, as well as a fairly recent surreal art tie in! There’s yuletide music from Kate Bush, Laura Cannell & Kate Ellis, Joan Armatrading and Clara Engel. Hope you enjoy!

Listen here, 20:30 BST/15:30 EST. Don’t forget to check out the full slate of shows!

UPDATE: Listen on the archive — new show in February!