Fast-paced and full of angst-ridden fun, this British drama may be based on teenage characters and aimed at a teenage audience, but its content is strictly adult. Watch as eleven teens struggle with highly-charged issues of race, religion, sexuality, drugs, and food disorders.
My name is Cassie and I am seventeen.
I collect love heart sweets: you can change the messages if you scratch them, you just need a pin. I like foreign packaging on snack foods. And Japanese toys. When I was little I used to make sculptures out of my mashed potato, like, a snowman with peas for eyes. I don’t think I’ve grown up. I think some biscuits are like lego blocks. Rich teas have to be stacked in fours. I like symmetry.
I like holding my baby brother, Reuben. He has this way of looking at me and I know he understands exactly what’s going on. He’s a baby genius. A chubby baby genius. I reckon Reuben will be very successful when he grows up. Possibly even Prime Minister. And he’ll have a really gorgeous Scandanavian wife. And I’ll be jealous of their children because they’ll be bilingual.
My husband will wear his glasses all the time. Even in the shower. And instead of children we’ll have cats. And our cats will play with Michelle’s children, who will have ringlets and rosy cheeks and really, really shiny shoes.
AMBITIONS: When you think about it, the world is so huge and people ask "What are you going to do?", as if you can do that much. Know what I mean? It’s hard to think about. I am going to buy a telescope and stare at the sky for hours though. And travel a lot, like to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, wow. And of course, I’ll go to Japan and take photos of all the beautiful sushi. What an album that would make!
BANDS: I like David Bowie – space odditty, wow. The Cure. Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, Emmy The Great, Joanna Newsom (she sounds like an elf, she plays the harp. She’s the closest to magical a human can be). Hot Chip (for dancing dancing dancing!)
TELEVISION: Six Feet Under, The Mighty Boosh
FILMS: I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But silent movies are better – you can’t beat black and white images of men tying girls to train tracks. I’d like to be Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and Buster Keaton.
BOOKS: My favourite book is Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. It’s beautiful. It’s about being lost but it’s not all bleak. It makes me cry.
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