|UK||2015||45 Min||Sci-Fi . Mystery . Fantasy . Drama . Crime|
Joe Layton (New Worlds, Father Brown) and Theo Barklem-Biggs (Silk, The Inbetweeners Movie) have been cast as Kyle Connor and Paul 'Budgie' Griffiths – the lead roles in BBC AMERICA's new drama Tatau. Set in the Cook Islands, the (8×60) series, written by Richard Zajdlic, is co-produced by Touchpaper TV (Being Human) and New Zealand's largest screen production company, South Pacific Pictures, for BBC Three and BBC AMERICA.Tatau follows Kyle (Layton) and Budgie (Barklem-Biggs), two twenty-something friends from London that set off to travel the world. Ahead of the journey, Kyle gets a Maori-style tattoo to celebrate their eventual destination: the Cook Islands.When snorkeling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the dead body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater. Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared. But Kyle knows what he saw. Desperate to uncover what happened, Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked deeper and deeper into a world of Maori myths, symbols, and hallucinatory visions… until finally the full meaning of Kyle's tattoo is revealed.
|TV Channel:||BBC Three|
Tatau just doesn’t leave enough of an impression to get under one’s skin.Variety Full Review
Tatau is barely B-grade. But like a lot of shows these days, it offers the compensations of lovely scenery captured in quite satisfactory digital cinematography, in this case real locations in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.The New York Times Full Review
I found myself not caring much about Kyle, Budgie or what any of these tattoos mean, but the cinematography is grand.The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
Tatau at times is diverting. Visually, it's simply gorgeous. But the story? Give me a break.Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review