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The award-winning, 10-episode screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale is launching on Showmax on Thursday, 1 February 2018. Having recently won the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama, this gripping series continues to attract critical acclaim.
Lead actress Elisabeth Moss, who also won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress, is outstanding in her role as a handmaid, a women enslaved in a fundamentalist society. Once, June had a husband, a daughter, a job, a life. Now she’s Offred, enslaved as a walking womb in a country where the only thing rarer than pregnancy is escape.
Moss quoted Atwood’s novel during her acceptance speech, highlighting the relevance of this story in relation to the sexual misconduct revelations that shook Hollywood in 2017.
“We were the people who were not in the papers,” Moss read, “We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
“Margaret Atwood, this is for you, and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world,” Moss said. “We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print, and we are writing the story ourselves.”
Elisabeth Moss gives a shoutout to the #HandmaidsTale author, upon accepting: “Margaret Atwood this is for you” #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/i4jX5vrdvw
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The Handmaid’s Tale took home the award for best dramatic television series at the 2018 Golden Globes
Though it began filming in the summer of 2016, the near-future horror of The Handmaid’s Tale arrived on our televisions with a precise timeliness that could be painful to witness. In episode three, after women had their bank accounts handed to their husbands and were let go from their jobs, people took to the streets to protest.
Hulu is making Margaret Atwood’s novel into a show starring Elisabeth Moss. It’s a important and compelling update to the classic novel.
Her days are spent running errands in a commissary where the goods are labeled with pictures (because women should not read), or sitting quietly in a bedroom with shatterproof windows (so she can’t slash her wrists with a shard of glass).
The Hulu show has created a world that’s visually and psychologically unlike anything in film or television. Call it luck, call it fate, call it the world’s most ridiculous viral marketing campaign, but the first television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale is debuting on Wednesday to audiences who are hyper-ready for it.
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