The Big Bad Wolf
Nic Nyx admits upfront that this whole endeavour is a kind of homemade therapy; she is confronting the memories of an abusive relationship she experienced three years ago in the hope that she can at last put those memories to rest. This is an independent Australian production, rough around the edges, but ambitious. Its great strength is its fearlessness - Nic is willing to expose herself, to a degree that sometimes feels punishing - and in the raw expression of her experience, which does not always subscribe to our expectations. She recounts the escalating grind of her relationship in affecting monologue, but also interviews the people in her life who remember that time: her parents, her best friend, and even her abuser. Listening to her conversations with him, we feel as if we are walking a high-wire, holding our breath.
Maybe it's not appropriate to categorise this as a binge-listening experience, but that's how we consumed it - in one strange, fell swoop. Eight episodes out now.
Gateway episode: 1. Like Magnets, Opposites Attract (8 Feb 2017)