Black Mirror — “Nosedive”

Interview With The Writer

Questions

1. ‘Nosedive’ presents a clear critique of social media and technology. How did you incorporate this message and what did you want the audience to take away from this episode?

Charlie Brooker: “Nosedive” is an episode which was created to show the audience the impacts of social media on our society, our mind, and our lives. I know that social media is an important part of our lives these days as everything is about technology and the internet. What I wanted to incorporate into the audience was that it may be a part of our lives but it is not everything in our lives. The way today people use social media is like it is their life, which is wrong. When Lacie loses her temper and shows her angry true nature by screaming, “Fuck!, can’t you just fucking help me!”. It shows that she is not what she appears to be, actually she is a person who uses cursing words. She is like a normal person who can curse and be angry when needed, the worst part we can assume is that she gets the penalty for her misbehaviour by double damage. I wanted to display the people’s behaviour to the people who show their true nature on social and are not accepted because of it. The display on board at the wedding reads as “minimum entry 3.8, no exceptions”. It shows how the people treat the people who are a little less than them, and how society does not even accept the people who are not meeting their expectations.

2. Lacie’s character undertakes a profound change throughout the episode and ironically only finds freedom once she is locked up in a jail cell. What are some of the key points in her journey to freedom and how have you presented these through her characterization? E.g. dialogue, costume, acting style, props, framing, etc.

Charlie Brooker: Lacie’s character is pretty much round, she changes herself and her appearance over time. At first, she is seen as a young lady who is sophisticated and full of manners, but as the episode goes on and we are exposed to her true nature, we get to know that she is not what she seems. She changes in any way, in her character and her appearance too. At first, she becomes a little greedy but then her greed changes into total obsession, and her obsession to get a higher ranking leads her to do things that she never thought of doing. From the beginning of the episode we see her as a person who always hides her true self from the outer world by wearing a mask, she does that to the extent that she forgets what her true self is. She is more prone to post the old photos of her with her uncle to get little likes because nostalgic posts make everyone emotional. At first, her clothes are beautiful and clean, and highly styled, but once she gets into trouble while hitchhiking to get to the wedding, her dress gets ruined she does not care about her dress because her only goal is to reach the wedding in any way possible. Her makeup gets ruined and she yells at people. She even uses curse words, this portrays her true angry self. She realizes she is not what she seems so or shows to society so she no longer cares about it and she becomes her true self. In the end, we see her and the other jailer using curse words as casually as they can to celebrate their freedom and show their anger. They use insults like “Your entire head is just ridiculous to me!” and “You look like an alcoholic former weatherman!”. And at the end, they are both smiling because they are free, free from the judgment of people and the showoff which they used to support their very own existence.

3. The world of ‘Nosedive’ is a hyper-stylized version of our possible future. What techniques did you incorporate to present this Instagram-worthy world and how do you want the audience to react? E.g. colour, sound, camera angles, lighting, setting, etc.

Charlie Brooker: The setting of the episode is lavish and futuristic. It is like a dystopian society that displays perfection. The people who seem soo good because they have higher ratings are not so good because they are hiding their true selves from everyone by wearing a mask so that they can save themselves from the world and judgemental society. The use of social media apps like Instagram is shown in the episode through its visible appearance of the same techniques of posting, liking posts, and ranking. The ranking of one to five stars is similar to Reddit and liking a post style is similar to Instagram. Someone always hearting their friend’s post no matter what they post depicts the usage of Instagram. Most of the settings in the episode are pastel-coloured or light-coloured which means, purity, hope, and spirituality, which is the opposite of the people’s behaviour. Through colours, I wanted to show that appearances can be deceptive. The sounds of the episode are quite calm and soothing at first which shows that everything is right and going smooth, same goes with the lightning, the lightning in the episode is soothing and appealing. I want the audience to think about their social life behind the screens. I want them to react positively and take this episode as a lesson about how our lives are leading us to a pit of never getting satisfaction and never accepting ourselves as who we are. Instead of looking at yourself through other people’s lenses, look at yourself through your own eyes.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Tanzeela Jaffar

Tanzeela Jaffar

Content Writer| Blogger| Artist and Illustrator| Graphic Designer| Avid Reader| I watch series and dramas to gain knowledge about world.