Also, can I just say that when he says “we were all AIDS deniers”.. no Russell we weren’t ALL AIDS deniers. It all kicked off just as people my age should have been exploring their sexuality and I along with most gay men I knew were absolutely petrified. It totally changed our behaviour which is probably why we’re still here to tell the tale. I find RTD to be a one-trick pony. Sorry Dr Who fans! Cucumber was ok but clichéd AF. Years and Years started ok but turned into a preposterous mess. He’s overrated.
Unpopular opinion because he has reached national treasure status (particularly among The Gays), but I agree to a certain extent.
I enjoy his work, but his tropes and style is very familiar now.
It's A Sin was excellent. The dialogue in particular, but it was all quite familiar territory (plus I think I've seen more AIDS dramas than I've had hot dinners!)
Apparently it was originally only going to be 4 eps but RTD begged for another one and got it stretched to 5 - which is possibly why the first 3 are more rushed, as he writes-as-he-goes-along, so probably the green light for the additional episode was quite late in his process.
There are times when the economy of the storytelling really works, and times when it leaves characters feeling underdeveloped. IMO they should have gone for 6 eps to start with and let everything breathe in the first 3 eps.
I am not sure whether it’s actually Olly A’s inexperience as an actor having the effect cited or whether it’s the thing that didn’t really strike me properly until I’d had time to sit with that last Ep, which is that his character is a bit of a dick. A charming, handsome, funny, charismatic, attention-seeking, dick. He is certainly not how protagonists in AIDS dramas are usually portrayed - he is entirely self-centred.
Funny, I thought it felt more like 6 Eps trimmed down to 5!
There really should've been another 45 minutes to stretch out those first 3 Eps and the start of Ep4.
Given the time and lack of knowledge I can (kinda) understand the bonfire but the photographs? It's like they completely wiped him out of their lives, tinged with grief.
I was originally thinking that it was anything he'd touched. When his mother collected the sympathy cards from the mantle, however, did those go on the bonfire, too? If so, then I agree, they were burning anything that reminded them of him.
Watching weekly too, really don't think this is something I could watch in one go. As others have said above the bonfire scene at the end was very powerful and upsetting showing how the family wanted to wipe his life out completely. On a lighter note am I guessing right that this is filmed in Manchester and not London? The buildings have those distinctive red bricks you see in Manchester.
Apart from the bonfire scene, a couple of things stuck out.
Firstly, I thought the whole sequence where Ollie's character denies HIC was well done. I do realise that it as all editing, but the way it was done, with the group behind him, I thought was quite effective.
Also when Ollie's character was under the pier with that guy and how he suddenly lost interest when he found out that Ollie was from London.
Despite his resentment to his family it was also nice to see the softer side of the flamboyant black character (sorry, can't remember the characters name)
Finally, the lecherous old man. We saw in Episode 1 how uncomfortable he made Colin feel and the fact that at the end he got his cuppupance for cottaging. Now whilst as the viewer we're happy, on the flip side, it comes down to Russell T Davies' writing and the acting, that makes you dislike the character. Kudos to whoever that actor was.