Created by: Paul Abbott
Starring: Chloe Sevigny, Jonas Armstrong, Karla Crome, Reece Noi, Jorden Bennie
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4 / 5
Chloe Sevigny (Mia) stars in what can only be called a truly unique British drama called Hit and Miss. A killer at large but a girl at heart, it’s the story of Mia, the transgender assassin whose past catches up with her. Mia finds out that an ex-girlfriend, dying of cancer, has nominated Mia as the guardian of her children, including one fathered by Mia! Believe me, this series isn’t for those with a faint heart – it’s got some guts and it’s highly confronting.
Mia’s parental instincts kick in but how can she manage her current ‘contracts’ when she has a family to look after? She’s struggling with the concept of being a father, trying to keep up with her day/night job and that’s not even the beginning of her dramas.
As a boy growing up in a troubled Irish family on the road with the circus, she really carried out the ‘freakshow’ element as she grew apart from them. As an adult, she has led a rather solitary life in her massive warehouse planning her ‘killings’, working out, disposing of evidence and saving her money for the operation that will change her into a fully fledged woman. Trying to cope with the psychological anguish alone is enough, then the four children enter her life, two teenagers and two primary school aged, with needs that extend beyond cooking and cleaning. The children are desperate to have their mother back after losing her and are confused about the stranger she let into their lives without notice.
Trying to keep her secret is also a major issue as whilst she is competent, accidental peeks in the bathroom and the reveal of her true gender complicate everything. The family gets in on the secret but they feel they have to keep this from others as it may cause issues and, of course, people judge.
Whilst there are those that judge, there are others that meet Mia and get to know the real her, yet still love her. But can she find romance? Ben (Armstrong) meets Mia and is immediately taken with her, but what will happen when he finds out that she’s probably 80% woman? Can she keep her job and the money flowing in to support her family? Is it all worth it?
What an amazing concept that is truly ambitious. Chloe Sevigny is brilliant in this role and kudos to her! Who would have thought a gal from Massachusetts, USA would have been playing this role? Beneath the storyline, there is an in-depth evaluation of the struggle that Mia is going through being a woman born in a man’s body. Be prepared for some pretty confronting scenes as Mia addresses not just the physically changing side of her but the emotional and complex nature of changing genders. These scenes are done beautifully, if not very artistically that touch on the nature of her past and issues that she is facing. This does include full frontal nudity, which I must say is pretty crazy at first because you see breasts and male genitalia.
The four children played by Karla Crome, Reece Noi, Jorden Bennie and Erin Shanagher are just beautiful and really capture the essence of the story. They all work so well together and as gritty as it is, you appreciate the rawness of their emotion and absolute instinct to survive!
Mia’s sociopathic behaviour is really what might get her in trouble, but you can’t help but love this ‘chick with a dick’ – as they say!
Is it a hit or miss for you? Find out – it’s available now on DVD RRP$39.99
Category: Film & TV