Alan Moore’s comic book work is legendary amongst fans. His reactions to the film adaptations of his work are equally famous. But never has one of his original screenplays been brought to life… Until now. ‘The Show‘ has begun production in Moore’s hometown, Northampton. The writer has previously worked with director Mitch Jenkins on a series of short films; ‘Show Pieces‘. The two have paired together once again to produce ‘The Show‘, which features an otherworldly side to Northampton. The synopsis alone sounds like dipping a toe into the ethereal pool of Alan Moore’s mind;
“A frighteningly focussed man of many talents, passports and identities arrives at England’s broken heart, a haunted midlands town that has collapsed to a black hole of dreams, only to find that that this new territory is as at least as strange and dangerous as he is. Attempting to locate a certain person and a certain artefact for his insistent client, he finds himself sinking in a quicksand twilight world of dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women… and this is Northampton when it’s still awake.
Once the town closes its eyes there is another world entirely going on beneath the twitching lids, a world of glittering and sinister delirium much worse than any social or economic devastation. Welcome to the British nightmare, with its gorgeous flesh, its tinsel and its luminous light-entertainment monsters; its hallucinatory austerity. Welcome to The Show.”
Count us in. Alongside Moore himself, The Show also stars Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Souvenir, Only God Forgives), Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country) and Richard Dillane (The White Princess, The Last Post). That synopsis alongside an intriguing first image showing Moore in his element really has piqued our interest. Stay tuned for more.