Belfast Telegraph

Camera 'lingered' in murder scenes

The creator of The Fall has suggested that the controversial TV thriller - which was accused of glamorising violence against women - "lingered too intimately" on the killer's brutal crimes.

The drama, which attracted more than three million viewers, stars Gillian Anderson as the no-nonsense Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as a serial killer, who attacks young, professional women.

The first series, directed by Jakob Verbruggen, was accused of being gratuitous for the way the camera lingered on the murderer's crimes.

Now Allan Cubitt, The Fall's writer, who is directing the second series, has admitted: "It may be that the camera lingered too intimately on certain things..."

Asked if he would have done things differently if he had been directing the first series, he told Radio Times magazine: "There are many, many things I would have done differently.

"I mean, I was very involved with the editing, but you work with the material you've got."

The second series of the BBC2 Belfast-set drama will be broadcast later this month.

Anderson defended the drama from criticism of the scenes in which the murderer lays out his victims.

"From my perspective, he's posing these women as if they are posing for him - in seduction," she told Radio Times.

"It's not a fashion magazine shoot type thing. It is what turns him on.

"This is the third interview I've done where it's been referred to as glossy and glamorous and that is so far removed from what was intended," The X Files star added.

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