Michaela Coel wants you to sleep better at night: A Q&A

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With I May Destroy you, Michaela Coel confronts trauma as a way of transforming it. (Photo: Supplied)
With I May Destroy you, Michaela Coel confronts trauma as a way of transforming it. (Photo: Supplied)

Created by Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You opens with the drug-facilitated sexual assault of Arabella, played by the show's writer and creator. Unfolding in 12 parts, viewers follow as Arabella, a writer made popular on social media, struggles to deal with the fallout.

Michaela Coel came into the public's consciousness with her award-winning, tongue-in-cheek comedy, Chewing Gum. While pulling an all-nighter to finish writing its second season in 2016, she took a writing break and met a friend at bar. Her drink is spiked. She is sexually assaulted and wakes up hours later in the Fremantle Media Production office.

Like Coel, Arabella comes to in a different location, wonky from the drugs with a shattered phone and very little memory of the night before.

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