There are few things in life more complicated and volatile than a teenage girl, and I say that as someone speaking from lived experience.
The idea of young women expressing complicated emotions unfortunately often presents itself through teenage characters in TV and film portrayed as bitchy, petulant and manipulative. They are either constructed as impish brats or cunning Lolitas, with no care taken to flesh out the characters or to embrace the idea that going through a difficult stage of life doesn’t necessarily make you an evil person.
The unexpected upside to this, however, is that when a teenage character with a true touch of evil does indeed come along it’s even more shocking to witness. All thanks to the fact that a truly horrifying demeanour and soul will always trump a hint of teenage angst.
If you’ve been watching the grisly, slow burning new Foxtel drama Sharp Objects you’ll be familiar with the beguiling and unsettling puzzle that is Amma Crellin, played by Australian actress Eliza Scanlen.
Sharp Objects follows Camille Preaker (played by five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams), a disheveled and functioning alcoholic news reporter who returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, a small town teeming with haunting memories and vicious gossip.
Camille is sent there on a mercy errand by her concerned editor who wants her to follow up on the murder of a young girl and the recent disappearance of another, and then turn the whole situation into a juicy human interest story which will also help her heal her own wounds.
Back on home soil Camille is forced to reacquaint herself with her estranged family, which means staying in her old-world family home with her mother Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), her overbearing socialite mother and her little sister Amma, who she does not recognise upon their first meeting as she had not seen her since she was a baby.
When the debut synopsis and trailer for Sharp Objects were first released there were a whole lot of expectations in the air. Expectations around the reimagining of Gillian Flynn's iconic novel of the same name, Amy Adams' return to TV and speculation around how the series would compare to Big Little Lies since it was constructed under the watchful eye of the same director.