Ross Barton has had his life turned upside down in Emmerdale after a horrifying acid attack has left him scarred, potentially for life. The terrible turn of events came as Debbie Dingle ordered Simon to mess Joseph Tate up. As Ross had stolen Joe’s car, Simon assumed that he was Joe and launched the attack.
Harrowing scenes saw Ross collapse to the ground screaming in agony and when Joe and Graham later found him, they rushed to help with Graham ripping the clothes from him and then spraying as much of the acid from his face as he could.
As Ross was rushed to hospital, Debbie – along with Moira and Cain – discovered what had happened and Debbie’s blood ran cold as she realised what she had inadvertently caused. At the hospital, Pete struggled to help his agonised brother as doctors fought to clear the acid from the wound and increase the pH level.
Pete didn’t know what to say or do to help Ross and when doctors were forced to break the news that they would have to carry out a procedure which would involve removing some of the affected skin, a panicked Ross begged to know whether he would ever be the same again.
As the doctors’ silence spoke volumes, Ross is facing permanent scarring after the attack and fans have been left devastated for him as Emmerdale has commenced one of its toughest stories to date.
And it seems like things are going to get worse for him as he tries to come to terms with the terrible attack and the injuries that he has been left with.
You can find more support and information on acid attacks by visiting the website of Changing Faces or you can contact their helpline on 0300 012 0275.
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.