Michaela Coel’s searing British drama I May Destroy You has just won an armful of BAFTAs, including best writer for Coel herself. So what better time to peer between the pages of her script for the BBC and HBO sexual assault survivor series?
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Coel is the singular voice behind I May Destroy You, and her script for Episode 8, “Line Spectrum Border,” opens with a devastating monologue from her character Arabella Essiedu. She talks to her rape support group about opening their eyes to aggressors like “Bob,” who operate in grey areas of acceptability. The defiant speech is, in some ways, the beating heart of the entire story, the force that drives I May Destroy You’s entire message.
You can read the original words below in Coel’s screenplay. I May Destroy You was produced by Coel’s FALKNA Productions and Various Artists. It is executive produced by Coel, Phil Clarke and Roberto Troni. Simon Meyers produced Episode 8, while Coel and Sam Miller were the directors.
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