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Interview with Russell T. Davies

McKee, Alan (2002) Interview with Russell T. Davies. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 16(2), pp. 235-244.

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Abstract

Russell T Davies was the creator, and sole writer, of Queer as Folk. This television program became a phenomenon on its first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK in 1999; indeed, it was 'seminal', according to queer magazine Attitude, in its frank portrayal of a queer community that included recreational drug use, intergenerational sex, and a complex amorality which did not offer any obvious solutions to questions of queer politics and representation. It quickly became a central part of the queer mediasphere - in its cover story on the program, Gay Times claimed that the program was so important because it played this complex queer world as 'just so goddam normal'. It also became a part of wider public debate in the UK about the Labour government's plans to equalise the age of consent for queer and straight sex. In other markets, none of Australia's terrestrial channels would play the program, fearing its representation of a fifteen year old man having gay sex would be seen as child pornography. When it was eventually shown by Pay TV providers Foxtel, a separate channel had to be created solely for the program, in order to ensure no children would accidentally see this tale of queer community. In America, the program was retooled in a US version, which is now the highest rating program on the Showtime channel, and has 'shaken up the way we're portrayed in the media', according to queer magazine Out. In the USA, it has expanded from the two short mini-series shown in the UK to become a full-blown drama series that has already broadcast more than forty episodes. This discussion of Queer as Folk is based on the UK version of the program. Characters were renamed for the US version.

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ID Code: 14881
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Queer, Television Programs, Interview
DOI: 10.1080/10304310220138796
ISSN: 1030-4312
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 16(2):pp. 235-244]. [Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies] is available online at informaworldTM with http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/10304312.html
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:04

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