Beautiful art can arise from the ugliest circumstances. No matter the medium, creators have channeled their trauma into healing through music, dance, poetry, painting and, of course, film and television. Thundering into the collective consciousness of our current stay-at-home culture is the BBC series I May Destroy You, which multiple critics have described as a theoretical “traumedy,” a subgenre reflective of our time.
Actor, writer, director and now executive producer Michaela Coel created the BBC-produced series following her assault after her drink was spiked in a bar. Coel’s protagonist, Arabella, wrestles with the emotional trauma of processing sexual assault