Catch up: May 2020
Welcome to another of GRIN’s monthly recaps. Usually this would be a space for us to share some recent work, showcase some lovely clients and talk up our studio socials but given COVID-19 is keeping us all at home, we’ve decided to change things this month to help us all survive the ordeal.
May has flown by! We’ve had a busy month creating some exciting work for our lovely clients, which we would typically use this space to share with you. But instead we’re currently using our roundup as a platform to mix things up and provide different types of inspiration to get us all through lockdown.
We’re finally seeing the start of the summer sunshine, but as we’re still spending a lot of time at home, our streaming and VOD services continue to be our best friends. With so much great content out there to choose from, we’ve asked the team for their latest film and tv recommendations / guilty pleasures. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have and are staying safe and well during these difficult times.
On BBC iPlayer
This 8 part modern sci-fi series is the latest work of Alex Garland. Set in the San Francisco Silicon Valley, a computer engineer begins to investigate the secretive development division in her own company, who she believes is responsible for the disappearance of her boyfriend, (who also works at the same company). We think the show is marmite, and totally loved it.
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
On Amazon Prime
Set in 1950s New York, a content wife and mother Miriam “Midge” Maisel has a seemingly perfect life, which takes an unexpected turn as she discovers a hidden talent of stand up comedy. Her new journey takes Midge from the Greenwich comedy clubs to fame and fortune, with a few bumps and unexpected twists along the way. We can’t get enough of the 3 series currently streaming through Amazon Prime. Trust us, it’s the cat’s pyjamas.
In a similar way to Breaking Bad, you’re likely to feel some empathy for the lead character Marty, a financial adviser who has uprooted his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, with the task of laundering $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss. Although he did create the dire circumstances in the first place… Across the 3 seasons currently showing on Netflix, we can’t wait to see how this gripping drama exploring relationships and morals unfolds.
On Amazon Prime
As an unfiltered rehab counsellor, Sam Loudermilk is a bit of a jerk to most of the people around him. A recovering alcoholic himself, he is a little nicer to his best friend and sometimes sober sponsor of Ben Burns. The 2 seasons currently available on Amazon Prime navigate through different stages of recovery with dark humour and the use of some unorthodox methods.
The Last Dance
Another binge-inducing Netflix release that everyone is clamouring to watch before all their friends is the 10-part, behind the scenes, documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. In 1998 the Bulls were on their way to their second hat-trick (or three-peat as they keep, annoyingly, using in the doc) of NBA championships and they gave full access to a full crew to record what was happening on and off the court. Full of strong personalities and 90s era icons, this is a great documentary even if you have zero interest or knowledge of basketball, let alone the 90s Bulls team.