Saturday, May 29, 2010
O Fat White Woman, pt. 2
I finally tracked down a copy of O Fat White Woman, mentioned earlier. Sooooo good. You have to see this. The story centers on the sadistic ex-military headmaster of Upton Grange, a boy's school where teachers "rap the occasional knuckle." Yeah no kidding! Since part of the action involves a student suffering from injury-induced double vision, there's lots of neat camerawork and pitch shifting to conjure up his disoriented state. Another cool sequence involves the students declining Latin verbs in chorus, which one gets the sense Delia Derbyshire took back to the studio to tweak the voices just so. The "fat white woman" in question is also quite a creation, surrounded as she is by fuschias and cucumber sandwiches. The color pink is very important here. The show's title derives from this poem by Frances Cornford, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin.
I would love to post a clip or two on Youtube, but I'm afraid I just don't have the technical know-how. Anybody have any advice for a Mac user trying to convert DVD to Youtube? Snapz?