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The Dominion Post TV Week, TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

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TV Week

Inside the mind of crime

NEW SERIES

Slumming it - elegantly

FROM T4 ‘‘Maybe I could have gone another way, a darker path, but I never doubted I was loved and never do. It sounds silly, given all he orchestrated, but it makes me so sad for him, to have lived a life so loveless. It seems as though by the time anyone really cared for him, that part of him that could return it was gone.’’ Filming took place in Los Angeles and at an abandoned ranch near Toronto. It wasn’t, says Wilson, too different from the Spahn movie ranch, home to Manson and his followers. ‘‘It was strange, eerie, to become those characters and walk into a place that almost, board for board, window for window, resembles a place where, well . . .’’ he trails off, remembering how he had to forcibly turn off the character once the cameras stopped rolling. His partner, Stephanie, insisted that he not practise the voice at home. The more Wilson learned about Manson and the ‘‘family’’, the more unnerved and, conversely, intrigued, he became. He was surprised how ‘‘fragile’’ Manson was, how intelligent, and in some cases how very ordinary his disciples were. ‘‘I was shocked at how promising their lives had been. When you think of cults, you think of the followers as being fools, as flawed people, desperate people fleeing from something. It was definitely surprising listening to Kasabian’s testimony. I hadn’t imagined that someone who could be your neighbour, your mum, your aunt’s friend, that this person in their youth could have been drawn into something like this. ‘‘Being Charles Manson was weird. I had ideas about him, and was provided with ideas about him, and I learned a lot of basic fact. Reaching for his identity was unsettling, and laying it aside was equally unsettling. ‘‘The more I looked, the more I found that, of course, this is a monster, but this was also a very, very fragile person. The most disturbing bit for me was that there were grains of sanity, of sense and even of right within him. ‘‘His dedication to ATWA [Air Water Trees Animals] is consistent with many current environmental attitudes, and predates their popularity. ‘‘It would have been easier, more comfortable, to try wearing him as a cackling, dribbling, cartoonish evil, but that’s not what Kasabian, Krenwinkle, Van Houton, Fromme, Share, Grogan, Pittman or Watson met – it’s just what they ended up with.’’ As well as acting, Wilson, who began his career on the stage in small theatre productions ‘‘thankfully before the YouTube generation’’, is also a scriptwriter (If Wishes Were Horses), comedian, graphic novelist (a collaboration he is working on based on The Eternal is being published next month), and wannabe Kiwi. Wilson, explaining that Stephanie, an academic, was in New Zealand last year and ‘‘fell in love with Dunedin and Wellington’’, now wants to make a film here. Manson, now 75, is still in prison. He comes up for parole in 2012.

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T’S goodbye to the Big Apple, hello LA. And, if you’re on the losing team this season, sayonara comfy bed. Season six of Donald Trump’s fabulously bitchy show not only makes a cross-country move from elegant New York to tackier Los Angeles, it also sees each week’s not-good-enoughs slumming it in a WHAT: The tent in the backApprentice, yard of the Trump Season Six mansion while the WHERE: TV2 winning team WHEN: snore themselves Tonight, stupid in luxury. 7.30pm Adding even more incentive not to do badly, there’s outdoor showers and port-a-loos for the losers. In another engaging new twist, each week’s favoured yes-man, er, winning project manager, remains project manager until they lose, plus they get to sit in the boardroom and help advise Trump on who he should fire each week from the opposing team. The Don’s viceroys, Ivanka and Don-

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LA style: The new cast of The Apprentice. Each week the losing team will sleep in tents and use port-a-loos while the winning team is hosted in the Trump mansion. ald Trump Jr, return for several episodes – along with previous Apprentice winners – as boardroom advisers. New contestants include the show’s first Asian-American man, James Sun; Muna Heaven, an international equestrian and the first Jamaican woman; former

Olympic-winning hockey player Angela Ruggerio; a cervical cancer survivor; and not one, but two openly-gay men. Their first task tonight is to run a car wash for a day. Next week they are asked to create a line of men’s and women’s swimwear for fashion label Trina Turk.

DOCO

Older women dying to be thin, too

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S WOMEN juggle kids and work, and are expected to stay younger and slimmer for longer, pressure to conform to certain physical parameters has seen burgeoning numbers of them with eating disorders. Once seen as illnesses that exclusively affected teenage girls, anorexia and bulimia is now on the increase among older women and it is having a devastating effect on their bodies, their lives and their WHAT: families. Desperately In this hardHungry hitting docuHousewives mentary, four WHERE: Vibe seemingly sucWHEN: cessful and Tomorrow, settled women 8.30pm talk frankly and movingly about how their eating habits have impacted on them. Zoe, is an Oxbridge graduate with a lovely house in the Cotswolds, a loving husband and two gorgeous young sons. But while she was pregnant with her youngest child, she began to deprive herself of food and soon toppled into severe anorexia: ‘‘I had this image that someone who was anorexic was likely to be a teenage girl; quite vain, a bit silly, who’d gone on a diet and it’d just gone too far. There was an element of thinking anorexia doesn’t happen to a mother of two in her thirties.’’

got stuck in this god-awful situation which I’m so ashamed of and it’s a dirty, horrible secret. You don’t tell people what you’re up to because it’s so horrific; you don’t even want to admit it to yourself.’’ Meanwhile 54-year-old Jane has suffered from anorexia and bulimia for more than 30 years and is trying to keep her weight at a healthier level, while Giorgia wants to lose weight after having a baby without spiralling back into full blown anorexia.

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Swallow this ■ 1.7 per cent of the New Zealand population suffer from an eating disorder which means approximately 68,000 New Zealanders will develop an eating disorder sometime in their life time. Bulimia is twice as common as anorexia. ■ Anorexia has a much higher mortality rate than bulimia. One in 100 with anorexia who have sought treatment die each year and up to 20 per cent of sufferers die over a 20-year period as a result of complications bought on by the illness and suicide.

Hunger pains: Zoe began to deprive herself of food when she was pregnant with her youngest. Blonde, bubbly Tracey, 36, is a chronic bulimic. She binges and vomits up to four evenings a week, often gorging herself on her children’s cereals: ‘‘There’s that whole issue of disbelief that at the age of 36 I’ve

■ Among 15- to 24-year-old females, anorexia and bulimia are the third most common chronic illnesses after asthma and obesity. ■ It typically takes five to six years of treatment to recover, with 60 per cent of people making full recovery, 20 per cent partial recovery and 20 per cent never recovering. Source: Eating Disorders Association of NZ

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Manson article continued  

An interview with Adam Kenneth Wilson and article concerning the new Manson Family docudrama

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