Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

Hail Netflix

November 29, 2021

I’m flying to London later this week to catch up with a dozen Netflix EMEA execs under the guiding hand of their fearless, progressive leader Oli Rawlins.

Their international business is on fire – with amazing local content being created, and shared at an incredible pace.

Here are a few highlights that I’ve enjoyed – apart from the obvious Casa de Papal (Spain), Fauda (Israel), Lupin (France), Army of Thieves (Germany) and The Chestnut Man (Denmark):

  • Black Space (Israeli) – The charismatic Guri Alfi plays a rogue detective investigating a massacre in an Israel high school.  Unfortunately very current – a 10 part series.  Gripping.
  • Glória (Portugal) – I watched this when I was in Lisbon and Porto a couple of weeks ago.  Spies, lies and secrets in atmospheric Portugal in 1968 – The Cold War.
  • The Defeated (Germany) – My sister Trisha put me on to this series.  1946 Berlin – a ragtag band of good people try to reimpose law and morality to a traumatised post-war Berlin.
  • Ganglands (France) – Urban French drama – drugs, violence, family, very Moroccan flavour.  Terrific cast – Sami Bouajila as Mehdi is magnetic.

And, not to forget the USA, my current airplane escapism – Cowboy Bebop.  What can I say?  Mad, funny, mad, great cinematography, mad, great music, mad, no cowboys – cowboys are slang for space age bounty hunters.  Mad.  Pure escapism.



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