An ode to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Eurovision and other miscellany.
May has first and foremost been the month of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The second season of Killing Eve, which Waller-Bridge pens, is just as deliciously deviant as the first and continues to be a showcase of outstanding female acting and fashion. As much as I love Killing Eve, the Waller-Bridge creation that took me by surprise this month was the second season of Fleabag. I watched the first when it came out in 2016 and wasn’t too fussed, but I loved the second incarnation. Maybe it was Fiona Shaw as a terribly droll psychologist, or perhaps it was Andrew Scott as the sacrilegiously sexy and charming priest, or Kristin Scott Thomas discussing the benefits of menopause, but every moment of this season was equally hilarious and heart warming.
Before the month was up I slipped in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe (2019), which didn’t necessarily live up to the fun promised in the trailer, but should be thanked for spawning the keanu reeves walking to music twitter account. I also finally watched Ruben Östlund’s The Square (2017), which I enjoyed as a brutal critique of the contemporary art world’s navel-gazing.
To celebrate Mother’s Day I took my mother to Wildflower for afternoon tea, which completely eclipsed every other meal I had this month. I don’t particularly care for fine dining, but I do appreciate aesthetics and everything on the plate was beautifully presented and introduced my palette to native Australian flavours I might not otherwise had the opportunity to experience. Highly recommended for a special occasion meal.
Rilakumma and Kaoru could potentially sit under the ‘watching’ sub-heading, but this level of cuteness deserves it’s own section. It’s essentially a children’s show (although I did happen upon a petition demanding Netflix to make it inaccessible to children due to its sexual themes and depictions of horror[!!!]), but it arguably has crossover appeal for adults too. For one, it is written by one of my favourite filmmakers, Naoko Ogigami, and her quirky sense of humour and attention to the fleeting details of beauty within the everyday is present in each episode. In true Japanese fashion, every detail of Rilakumma’s world is meticulously and lovingly created.
I unashamedly love Eurovision and eagerly await its arrival in May every year. I don’t think that the 2019 contest made for a particularly memorable year, but it was one of the few times that I actually agreed with the winner against my better judgment/preference for anti-balladry. Azerbaijan was another favourite and my vote for quirkiest performance definitely goes to Poland. Given that they didn’t make the finals, I gather I am the only one enjoyed their headdresses and coven vibes.
Some of my favourite musicians released new albums this Month, specifically Local Natives with Violet Street and A.A Bondy with Enderness. The former is a little more uptempo and evocative of sun-drenched road trips, while the latter is a more brooding and interiorised affair befitting of long and slow nights.