Audiences should expect a black, black comedy. It’s set in a world where some pretty disturbing consumer practices are normal to the people who live in it. In a lot of ways it’s a world not all that different from ours. It’s also very domestic. I guess you can expect a creepy, messed up “slice of life”.
Hands are such an intimate part of our bodies. Just the idea of changing them for another persons hands is really creepy, especially when you think about some of the things we do with our hands.
Then as we started thinking about where and who they might come from and how they are produced/farmed and sold we realised there are some pretty disturbing similarities to our own world.
It’s also been a really interesting and often hilarious way to highlight how selfish we can be in the pursuit of the newest… whatever.
According to the show a good set of hands are young with flexible fingers. South East Asian hands are so “in” right now. All the celebs are wearing them.
According to me, the hands you were born with. The idea of changing them gives me the creeps.
The advantage of setting the show in a dystopia means we can really go nuts creatively with the “new hand” concept. We’ve been able to go to town creating the various hand-business practices and the ethics surrounding them; farming vs free range, fashion vs practicality and the moral mine field on the treatment of the “donors”.
The challenge is to make the world similar to ours so it’s still relatable. The “hands” are just a part of their lives. It’s more about the characters and their relationships. We hope audiences see themselves in the characters and story enough (as unpleasant as they are at times) so they don’t simply dismiss their bad behaviour.