Instead, the film asks a simple question: how will we look back on our treatment of animals in 50 years?
The film opens with young, polyamorous Brits frolicking in nature, popping nuts in their mouths and chatting about plant-based foods. ” one sensitive young man (played by Alex Lawther) asks. A little baby lamb.” Meanwhile, Britain’s elderly citizens are undergoing therapy to help them deal with the guilt of their carnist pasts.
I’m sorry.” This isn’t what you might expect Simon Amstell to say about his first feature-length film.Released on BBC i Player on 19 March, Carnage: Swallowing the Past is a mockumentary set in a future Britain, where meat, eggs and dairy are outlawed.But if this proves anything, it’s that the vegan cause needs more self aware people like him.Carnage is an almost perfect example of how to push a worthwhile message without being preachy.3 In 2007, he co-wrote ‘Maxxie and Anwar’, an episode from the first series of Skins.4 During a 2010 BBC Breakfast interview he made mention of Russell Watson’s brain tumour which led to a storm of -infused outrage.
This came straight after confessing that he might have been wrong in the past to have upset so many people … Such as Britney Spears who reputedly wept when he suggested on Popworld that she may have gone somewhat nuts.
In such a divided world, Carnage attempts to bridge this generational gap, and teach young people how eating meat wasn’t their parents and grandparents' fault; like us, they simply knew no better.
Having been "made" in its own fictional future, Amstell’s narration provides a amusingly revisionist version of the past.
Despite the flaws, Amstell proves to be very good company and therefore counter to many of things he laments about himself in his show.
“I have written and directed a film about veganism.
Carnage works because it's very funny, entertaining but also shows how society can be made to change its mind.