It started more as an exploration of escapism – the idea of a young man’s reality being so unbearable that it’s preferable to block it out and live within the worlds of his own mind. Matty is in crisis and attempting to carry on with his life, though that life as he knew it is over and now full of grief and guilt. Drugs enable him to disappear from this daily horror show and access the infinite possibilities of his vast, if somewhat egocentric, inner worlds. I wondered at what point this internal reality becomes not just more compelling but more convincing than the external world.’
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‘What motivated you to explore drug addiction amongst young adults (in particular men such as Matty) in Mother of Darkness?