“How to Be a Woman” author Caitlin Moran has adapted her crowded, rambunctious, home-schooled childhood on a council estate for the small screen with her sister Caroline “Caz” Moran.
Caitlin Moran describes her TV analogue, Germaine, as a “gobby, vaginally focused, horny 16-year-old extrovert.” She’s enlivened with huge, exuberant eyes; adorable teenage pudge; and Helena Bonham Carter’s petticoats-obsessed wardrobe by actress Helen Monks. Germaine’s foil is Aretha (Alexa Davies), based on Caz: willowy, sarcastic, perpetually frowning. The fictional sisters and their four other siblings are raised by their no-nonsense mom (Rebekah Staton), whom Caz says is “based very much on Sigourney Weaver in ‘Aliens’ and Linda Hamilton in ‘Terminator 2.'”
And now the show, titled “Raised By Wolves,” has an official trailer for its upcoming season. (Caitlin Moran has also published an autobiographical novel about her coming of age called “How to Build a Girl.”) As the masturbation-happy spot shows, the Morans are attempting a rare level of honesty about female bodies with the series, especially during adolescence. “The default mode so often for teenage girls is self-loathing,” said Caitlin in a recent interview. “It’s self-loathing because you live in a world that’s not built for you. Women aren’t seen as normal. Everything that’s specifically to do with being a woman is a shameful thing that you have to hide. Growing pubic hair, menstruating: you have to hide that, you can’t talk about the fact you masturbate.”
“Raised by Wolves” will also strive for more honest depictions of life on council estates. “The representation of the working classes on television is just pitiful,” she said. “You get to be a drug dealer or a really slutty girl. You always have to be streetwise. There’s this perceived hardness and brutality to much of the working-class characters that you see. And, yeah, there are kids like that on council estates, but there are also scared 15-year-old girls who love George Orwell on council estates as well, and you never get to see those.”
That will change, obviously, when “Raised By Wolves” premieres March 16 on the UK’s Channel 4. The pilot is available to watch now (see below).
Watch the first episode:
[via The Guardian]