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Preparing for Triffid Day

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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
07 May 2016, 07:41 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

TechnoHippy - you are in for a treat! Set yourself down with a beverage of your choice and enjoy the tale. But if you are used to the film version it may take a bit of time to adjust to the different actors. A friend listened to my copy recently and it took him a while to get into it, but then he loved it.

Shayne - I always keep a wary eye on my rhubarb which grows with almost indecent vigour. But it has been my first spring crop from my allotment - mmm,.. rhubarb crumble and custard.
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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

I've read the book many times before seeing the films - so hopefully it won't seem too strange :-)
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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

(07 May 2016 08:06 AM)TechnoHippy Wrote: Wrote:  I've read the book many times before seeing the films - so hopefully it won't seem too strange :-)
When I read the book I had a very clear image of Strider in my head - tall, iron grey hair, very grim and weather-beaten. I can still see him. Then I saw a picture of Viggo Mortensen in an article about the soon-to-be-released film - all young and handsome, and I thought "You aren't Strider!" and I was prepared to not like him at all. But as soon as I started watching he made Strider his own and won me over completely - he is perfect in the role.  But if I read the book I still see my old Strider.
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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

I'm a big fan of Viggo Mortensen, ever since his brief appearance in The Prophecy.
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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

Inspired purely by this thread, I ordered the DVD of the 1981 BBC version of The Day of the Triffids from LoveFilm. I last watched the whole thing on broadcast (or maybe my dad told me about it, cough), but suspect I may have caught a repeated episode here and there since then.

It's amazing that a post-apocalyptic story was even attempted on such a low budget. Visually it feels even more primitive than the Doctor Who stories of the time, with frequent cuts between film and video. But there are times when the basic visuals work far better than anything slicker might, especially when desperate blind people are staggering through familiar London streets.

The triffids themselves initially look a bit comical but soon become creepy. Like the Alien, there's something disturbingly sexual about them in their shape and movements, especially when their fat, bloated stinger protrudes from their gaping mouths, dripping poison. The opening credits (with really unsettling music) in particular make this look disgusting. But their rattling 'communication' with each other works superbly to raise tension.

There's some unintentional humour from the period this was made. Sometimes it's terribly, terribly BBC. Everyone smokes like chimneys, something you'd never see these days! And the heroine looks, sounds and acts like she's a young Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous. (Also, whenever the hero Bill came on screen, I couldn't help picturing Alex Roddie of this parish...)  

It's a shame there's only six episodes as I really enjoyed the whole thing. So thank you, Daphne, for inspiring this blast from the past! (Er, from my dad's past.)
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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

(10 Jun 2016 11:34 PM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  Inspired purely by this thread, I ordered the DVD of the 1981 BBC version of The Day of the Triffids from LoveFilm. I last watched the whole thing on broadcast (or maybe my dad told me about it, cough), but suspect I may have caught a repeated episode here and there since then.

It's amazing that a post-apocalyptic story was even attempted on such a low budget. Visually it feels even more primitive than the Doctor Who stories of the time, with frequent cuts between film and video. But there are times when the basic visuals work far better than anything slicker might, especially when desperate blind people are staggering through familiar London streets.

The triffids themselves initially look a bit comical but soon become creepy. Like the Alien, there's something disturbingly sexual about them in their shape and movements, especially when their fat, bloated stinger protrudes from their gaping mouths, dripping poison. The opening credits (with really unsettling music) in particular make this look disgusting. But their rattling 'communication' with each other works superbly to raise tension.

There's some unintentional humour from the period this was made. Sometimes it's terribly, terribly BBC. Everyone smokes like chimneys, something you'd never see these days! And the heroine looks, sounds and acts like she's a young Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous. (Also, whenever the hero Bill came on screen, I couldn't help picturing Alex Roddie of this parish...)  

It's a shame there's only six episodes as I really enjoyed the whole thing. So thank you, Daphne, for inspiring this blast from the past! (Er, from my dad's past.)
Very glad you enjoyed it, David.
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RE: Preparing for Triffid Day

(11 Jun 2016 05:57 AM)DavidHaynes Wrote: Wrote:  You might be interested in this too then, David. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...
That's interesting, David, I hadn't come across this version. There is also a narrated version available on Audible .Alex Jennings reading DofT
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