Young theatre director taking on the world one day at a time.
LGBT History Month: I've watched It's A Sin - what next?
Channel 4's new hit drama It's A Sin has catapulted writer Russell T Davies back into the spotlight, along with his ridiculously talented cast. The light, warmth and humanity that pours through even this most desperately sad of stories is a testament to all of the creators involved. Perhaps because of its parallels to the current unknowability of the Covid-19 pandemic, the series (set during the early years of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s and 90s) has been watched by over 6.5 million people in its first month of release. In terms of awareness of a disease which still affects many today, and as a chapter in an often overlooked part of queer history, the show has a distinctly British lens. This makes it a rare example in television on this side of the pond, but there are still many stories about this time period which feel forced or played out for shock value. So where to start when looking for other honest, interesting depictions of this illness?
The Relevance of Superheroes
I am part of a mixed race family. My little brothers are half Ghanaian and when they first watched Captain America: Civil War, they became avid fans of a new superhero by the name of Black Panther. Admittedly, I hadn't heard of the character until seeing the film, but I could see that it resonated with them on a level unlike the Spidermans and Batmans who had come before.