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Monster on Channel 4 tonight

Monster posterPractically unrecognizable beneath the false bad teeth, grotty skin and extra pounds, South African actress Charlize Theron forgot her model roots to portray serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. Oscar voters love when a natural beauty turns ugly for a role and that combined with a controversial true story helped Theron bag the Best Actress gong. She brings incredible depth to her depiction of prostitute Wuornos, who after a childhood dogged by abuse and drugs, developed an appetite for murder after killing a client in self-defence.

This film, from writer/ director Patty Jenkins, adds depth and insight into Wuornos’ troubled state of mind as she explores her lesbian relationship with the young and impressionable Selby (Christina Ricci). An intense and dark film, Monster provides a rare opportunity for female talent before and behind the camera to shine and really excel. Watch Monster tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm or for more information, see the Media 8 Entertainment website.

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