“Sex Education” Director Explains the Aesthetics of the British Show

Asa Butterfield and Lily Newmark in "Sex Education"

Sex Education director explains why the show has an American feel to it.

The Netflix hit is set in the English countryside but many fans have expressed confusion over the American aesthetic of the series. The characters don’t wear school uniform and there’s definitely an element of John Hughs’ influence present.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Taylor explained: “I just wanted to frame a British school experience in a slightly different way. I think it felt interesting, not only visually, but I think it does something to the story and the setting and the characters that it is a heightened world, it’s a heightened script.

“It’s slightly idealised in terms of its intelligence and its forward-thinking and its positivity. And I think if you were to render… say if you did an Ackley Bridge, which is a good-looking show. It very much is contemporary and everything about it is totally the year that it was made.

He added: “If you were to do that, I don’t think our characters would have lived comfortably in that. I don’t think we are a straight show, and I don’t think the story of Otis at its center would be believable if you were having this harder-nosed, grey rendering of what it’s like to go to school in the UK in 2019.”

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