Tales of the End of the World - Series 2

Series 2 of this antholoy web series: The 50th Anniversary of Harold & Esmeralda

On their 50th anniversary, Harold takes Esmeralda back to where they married, hoping to clear her Alzheimer’s-besieged mind. But this trip down memory lane unearths secrets they’d both forced themselves to forget. When the truth comes out, the consequences are dire…

  • Guido Lippe
    Fall-Out, Queers
  • Guido Lippe
  • Guido Lippe
  • Bernard Holley
    Key Cast
    Doctor Who, Z Cars, Holby City, A Touch of Frost
  • Corinna Marlowe
    Key Cast
    Hysteria, Love Hurts
  • Simon Wegrzyn
    Key Cast
    Wannabes, Going Commando, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Queers
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    Web / New Media
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    13 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Guido Lippe

Tales of the End of the World is written & directed by Guido Lippe. One of the top script consultants in the Netherlands, he was responsible for the script development of such hit TV series as the award-winning Bernhard: Scoundrel of Orange and Beatrix: A Queen Besieged, as well as box office smashes like Mr Twister and Dummie the Mummy. After his debut as a writer-director with Fall-Out, the first series of anthology webseries Tales of the End of the World, he developed and filmed a short pilot for sitcom Queers. He followed up with series 2 of Tales of the End of the World: The 50th Anniversary of Harold & Esmeralda.

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Director Statement

The 50th Anniversary of Harold & Esmeralda has been a long time in the making. Not quite 50 years, but still... It started out as a short prose horror story, and over the years has developed into a poignant psychological thriller and character drama.

With Anniversary I’m trying to approach issues like Alzheimer’s and sexuality in a new light. The genesis of the film’s story came from the simple notion: what effects would Alzheimer’s have on repressed memories? It’s such an insidious disease, affecting memory and identity in a profound way, so what would happen if it re-awakened hidden secrets? How would you be able to deal with those memories resurfacing? And how does it affect your loved ones? Through those questions I tried to explore how memory shapes our identity and how such a disease can reshape it. Having previously worked on characters with dementia in Bernhard and Beatrix, experimenting with new ways to visualise this struggle proved very rewarding.

Anniversary also explores another identity issue: sexuality: What do you sacrifice by accepting your sexuality and what do you sacrifice by denying it? For Robin, now confronted with the love Harold & Esmeralda display for each other, it’s becoming clear that his own romantic life is a mess. And while he laughs it off, it breeds a bit of resentment. Before that heads off into the thriller aspect of the story, Anniversary explores, mostly through subtext, the social isolation that single gays can feel. You should feel a bit of the struggles of finding the right partner, when gays are a minority and statistics alone can screw your chances of finding True Love. And then of course there’s Harold’s deep, dark secret…