In 1999, Russel T. Davies revolutionized British fiction with ‘Queer As Folk’, a series that marked a before and after in LGTBIQ + fiction by portraying the gay world as no one had done before through the story of three friends from Manchester. Ten chapters were enough to mark a seal that he has continued to maintain in all his series.
Tender, irreverent, direct, politically incorrect and with brutal honesty, the showrunner, also responsible for ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Years And Years’, once again offered a rigorous and highly personal analysis of the sexual culture of the 21st century with the trilogy formed for ‘Cucumber’, ‘Banana’ and ‘Tofu’, an intergenerational portrait in which he once again moved away from stereotypes to address issues such as maturity in homosexuals.
The chosen family
His latest work, ‘It’s A Sin’, has just arrived on HBO and has become one of the essential titles in recent months. Set in London in the 1980s, the five-part series portrays how the worst years of HIV were experienced with the first cases of AIDS.
The story is told through a group of friends who move to the capital to start a new life. And the choice of the main actors is, without a doubt, one of the greatest successes of fiction. Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West and Nathaniel Curtis bring the bright and committed lead group to life. A clan that is impossible not to love from the first minute and through which the ties that are created with that chosen family are explored, this time more necessary than the biological one. If you have to stay with one character (almost impossible, you fall in love with everyone), there is one name that stands out above the rest: Colin.
“The only thing he did was behave well … And he died”
Once again, Russell T. Davies hits the spot with a script that hurts. Hard, direct and devastating. Each sentence raises a debate about how who and when it is said. There is nothing empty. The dialogues are darts to the viewer’s heart but also to a society that, despite the time that has passed, continues to hold a stigma on HIV-positive people. There are no good or bad here, there are no heroes or anti-heroes, there are people who just loved. And, as Larry Kramer said: ‘Who would have thought that sex could cause death’?
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