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26 September 2021

Otherworldly encounters

by Syd Briscoe

Sex Education: “Opening Scene” - 83s

Anime takes a risque turn in this entertaining film for Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education. Director Yibu Hu embraces fan fiction at it's finest as an alien finds herself discarded by her society... and seeks salvation in the wasteland in a myriad of different ways.

Crisply drawn animation draws viewers into the sci-fi world on display, while matter-of-fact narration reminds us that we're in a very consciously created narrative. It's a compelling take on fantasy and fan work, and will spark interest from audiences of all stripes.

A synth-driven soundtrack emphasises the film's retro feel, while the sexual content is rendered tastefully enough to remain on the 'show not tell' side of things. Fans of Laurie Nunn's witty series will enjoy the brief foray into content outside of live action.

Prod Company's Agent: Friends Electric Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Prod Producer: Natalie Silver
Animation: Peter Dodd / Daryl Graham / Maki Yoshikura

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