The Null Device

Still convalescing from the flu, I went down to the video library today and rented some videos. Just now, I watched The Young Poisoner's Handbook, which I had seen earlier. It's quite a good film, in a British art-house sort of vein; in some ways like A Clockwork Orange; indeed, both films use versions of the opening of Purcell's Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary as their title music. The direction, and use of lighting and music are also top-notch. Anyway, I'd recommend seeing this film.

A Clockwork Orange is not out on video in Australia, because our language and TV system (PAL) are both too close to Britain's and if it were, we'd have Poms smuggling it back to the UK. However, the adult section of the video library (which I passed on my way to other shelves, of course) did have a rather dire-looking porno take on it titled Clockwork Orgy.

Oh yes, another thing I noticed in The Young Poisoner's Handbook: Graham Young's sister was played by one Charlotte Coleman, whom I remember from my youth as punk-haired troublemaker Marmalade, who kept getting kicked out of various reform institutions in a series of British kids' TV shows.

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