There’s clearly nothing Maxine Peake can’t do (quite what she makes of Hamlet later in the year is a definite treat in store) but her performance in Ewan Bailey’s DeafBlind is something eerily spectacular. She plays Maggie, a deaf blind woman thoroughly isolated by her condition and also, as it turns out, by the attentions of a stalker who has taken up residence in her home completely unbeknownst to her. He seeks to control her existence and there’s a stunningly uneasy sequence as she slowly comes to suspect someone is there and reacts in an unexpected way… Peake is predictably excellent but James Young’s uber-creepy Ben is inscrutably brilliant too.
La règle de trois
In Marion Pikowsky’s Two in a Million, we discover what happens when a lift containing a young lesbian and a sweary banker is struck by lightning. It’s an age-old idea (never bettered than by the Freaky Friday remake if you ask me) and so it does feel a little derivative here. Kelly Adams and Simon Robson spar amusingly though, and there’s a nice cameo from Adam James.