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Hello all. This post illustrates how I can lurch from comparatively posh mainstream stuff, to unholy independent horror films.

Party Doll

ONEOFUS made their first horror, short, “Party Doll”  which disturbed and horrified people, and the horror fans, and fans of kitcsh, schlock, Troma etc, seem so far to have liked it. Judge for yourself why don’t you. BUT! NB be warned,  it has fatal bloody violence, and sexual violence in it, and may trigger many PTSD’s, which we would hate as it was only made in that fun release of tension through horror way, so delve in at your peril, and know that you have been warned…..

Reframing Disability

Covid continues as Winter draws in, 
Pandemic panic comes back looking grim
Politics played with our lives and our health
Rich getting richer; our death is their wealth

Meanwhile, Societal life as we used to know it, tries to carry on…. 
So, here we are in another month of celebration of disabled people, where everyone leaps into action or at least appears to, on our behalf, before going back to their usual for the rest of year. Ugh, Is that how its going to be, again? 

This celebrating the 25th anniversary of the DDA, really pushed at the BBC, with an event yesterday designed to move disability up their agenda, called “Reframing Disability”, seemed very similar to previous ones, but had huge whiffs of promise, change, and new voices in charge…sort of. 

The only way we can tell any difference is in the actions that follow it, so let’s all keep our eyes ears and perceptions trained on the BBC…We’re watching you Aunty…..

CripTales!

CripTales was a ridiculous success, better than I could ever have hoped. I was overjoyed at my first written TV drama, “Audition”, being broadcast on screen, and then being so well received, it was intensely gratifying. Here’s a few of the press quotes….

Audition:

Sunday Times ****:
“Fraser’s own Audition, a masterclass in fury and wit” …

The Times (Hugo Rifkind):
“The strongest of the set, though, was Fraser’s own, Audition… It’s hilarious, and wise, and gentle, and furious, all at once.”

The Times:
“Beautifully lean too was Mat Fraser’s clever, poignant and comical Audition. Fraser’s range, nuance and light touch — not a single word felt wasted — made this an ideal start to this series.”

Radio Times:
“(Audition is) a short, sharp, 15 minutes”

i News ***** :
“Sharp, dark and unexpected all at once”

CripTales:

Sunday Times ****:
“Tom Wentworth’s The Real Deal, starring Liz Carr, reads like a grim update of Alan Bennet’s “A Lady of Letters”

The Times (Hugo Rifkind):
“(The Real Deal) written by Tom Wentworth… was as deliciously Bennet-esque as you get… It’s layered and vicious, but also a long long way from mawkish satisfaction. Really good.” 
“The strongest of the set, though, was Fraser’s own, Audition… It’s hilarious, and wise, and gentle, and furious, all at once.”

The Times:
“6 tremendous monologues, written and performed by disabled people”
(On Real Deal) “Terrific, funny and written with economy”. 
“Beautifully lean too was Mat Fraser’s clever, poignant and comical Audition. Fraser’s range, nuance and light touch — not a single word felt wasted — made this an ideal start to this series.” 

The Observer:
“CripTales, running most of the week on BBC Four, (was) a grand, shocking, funny means to mark it, with chunky, bite-size monologues, given the right to celebrate, with glee, a spirit of difference.”
“Ably marshalled and shepherded by the splendid Mat Fraser, his own bitter, witty recollections of auditions and rejections struck many galling notes.” 

“It was Liverpudlian amputee Jackie Hagan who really stood out, with her self-penned tale of a woman having her leg off: so many good little lines. “Drugs are only good if you get to not be on them sometimes.” “Porters are nice dad-shaped men… doctors skinny and scary.” “You can’t go back once you’ve put paper knickers on.”

Total TV Guide
“Poignant, unflinching, and darkly funny”

Culture Whisper ****
“Thunderbox. Ruth Madeley delivers a beautifully devastating performance” 
“Its extremely rare to see a character with advanced CP being funny on telly. Robert Softley Gale, delivers a rude, crude, and sharply excellent performance as Hamish. “

Financial Times ****:
“The Real Deal” by Tom Wentworth, is a wickedly amusing tale”
(In) “Matilda Ibini’s neatly turned “The Shed”…goes to show, a static performance can still be profoundly moving.” 

i News *****:
“More watchable than Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads” … (on Audition, and Real Deal) “Both shorts managed to be sharp, dark and unexpected all at once”

The List
“Crip Tales are sensitive and enjoyable mini-dramas. There is some very raw material in amongst all this, but a lightness in tone is also prevalent, while there is a deliberate attempt to not always make these characters especially loveable. Anyone who has followed Mat Fraser's career will not be surprised by this, given how much he loves poking just as much fun at himself as at those around him. “

Nice, right? Fuck yes. 
CripTales still available on BBC Iplayer to viewers in the UK, for a whole year no less.

SO what’s next? 
Gathering steam on a new pitch following on from this success. A series of half hour dramas, written directed and lead/large roles acted by disabled people. Our first meetings are coming up and I hope to have news on it all in the next month or so. 
….And we’ll be making 2nd horror film before Xmas, to be released in 2021:)