Carnage: Swallowing the Past (2017)

Carnage: Swallowing the Past (2017)

It’s 2067, the UK is vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past. Simon Amstell asks us to forgive them for the horrors of what they swallowed.

10/10 – I’m a meat eater. I went vegetarian for a month, thought it was alright, but went back to eating meat again. All it did was reset my bad habits of over-eating something that we should arguably be eating at all.

If you name a food documentary, I’ve probably seen it. Some are genuinely good (Fed Up, That Sugar Film), and go to great lengths to make the content relatable. However, most come across as preachy, condescending pieces of shit with skewed evidence that offers nothing that you haven’t already been told. All it does it make you hungry. Yet here, Simon Amstell’s weird, futuristic mockumentary about a world of veganism, is probably one of the most persuasive arguments for turning vegan that I’ve seen.

Using our own ridiculousness against us, he presents the information in way that it really can’t be argued with. Like all great mockumentary style shows (The Day Today, Brass Eye, The Office etc), it succeeds by holding a mirror up to our nonsense (like the logic of saving one kind of fish by eating another… rather than not eating any at all), and letting it speak for itself with a certain sharply delivered, dry humoured twist.

It’s cleverly narrated, well produced, genuinely funny and superbly acted. As a meat-eater, it’s even made me think twice about my choice to do so.

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