Friday, 4 March 2011


Tamara Drewe is currently screening in cinemas around Melbourne. The film is based on a graphic novel, which is also called 'Tamara Drewe', and is written by English author Posy Simmonds.

There are several fine examples of graphic novels that have preceded 'Tamara Drewe.'

For instance, 'Maus' by Art Spiegelman is an outstanding graphic novel that depicts a man's memory of the holocaust.

'Tamara Drewe' is set in rural England and centres around a group of people, mainly authors, and their relationships.

Tamara is a newspaper columnist who inherits a farmhouse and moves back to the country, hoping to work on her writing career.

Her neighbours are the Hardimans. Nicholas is a roguish established crime fiction author. Beth, his wife, attends to his every need, editing and typing his manuscripts, responding to his fan mail and organising his author functions.

They also have extra living quarters on their farm which they let out to aspiring writers. Beth cooks and generally looks after them as well.

Meanwhile, a couple of teenage girls live in the neighbourhood and are bored, bored, bored. They start to snoop on Tamara as she starts dating their idol, the drummer in a band.

An affair (or two) begins and the seemingly idyllic lifestyle is shattered.



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