17 June, 2008

Russell T Davies, screenwriter, intervew

New York Times:

"“I often get asked to write dramas or films about a man coming out of the closet to his wife, or a man coming out of the closet to his children, or a man who’s beaten up because he’s secretly gay,” Mr. Davies said. “I always refuse if it’s a negative take on homosexuality — if the only aspect being portrayed is the trouble, the tears and the angst.”

He continued: “There’s enough of that out there. Why bother? Drama is easy when it’s tragedy. Anyone could write a scene of a man crying in the rain saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ But actually it’s much more fun to see a man in a bar trying to pick up another man. That’s tense. There’s a whole minefield of emotions there.”"

Article in full


Lucy said...

Lol, I read lots of those. Plus lots of scripts with gay characters who have HIV. No wonder the gay community feel misrepresented if it's all "tears and angst" - and it certainly seems to be. Like I say on my blog today in fact, why does conflict have to be entirely negative??

English Dave said...

Doc Who works best when it gets back to the basics of scaring kids behind the sofa.

Bring RTD's sexual politics into it and it loses the plot.

It's about entertainment!

Robin Kelly said...

While the sexual politics in Torchwood was like being hit over the head with a sledgehammer repeatedly, in Doctor Who it's more like a foam mallet occasionally.

RTD got away with the Captain Jack bi-flirting, mentioned in the article, because it was funny and didn't detract from the story.

In Midnight, Sky's ex was another bird but all RTD did was change 'he' to 'she' and 'him' to 'her'. He made a point but he also made, probably, his most entertaining Who episode.