Just like last year at this time, Film of the Fortnight will take a vacation and make room for Series of the Summer – a carefully chosen tv-series to keep you audio-visually running through the summer months. As before, Film of the Fortnight will be back in September. Until then, have fun and take care.
Queer as Folk (US version) (2000-2005)
It’s not often an American remake is better than the non-American original, but that is the case with Queer as Folk. The US version of Queer as Folk started airing a year after the British original of the same name, and depicts the lives and loves of a group of homosexual friends living in Pittsburgh. Sure, the series is soapy at times, and quite a lot has changed over the dozen years since the show ended, but it is nontheless truly remarkable. The scriptwriters of the show must have been admirably well acquainted with the cultural representation of homosexuality throughout history, because here they address and/or upend pretty much every practice out there. Add to that characters so well portrayed that they seem like real people you know, riveting story arcs, tantalizing scenes and an equality pathos, and you have got for yourself a series that will stay with you forever.