In 2016, a record number of queer female characters were killed off on fictional TV Series, just as we were beginning to see a shift in focus on inclusion and diversity.
QUEERING THE SCRIPT, presented by Hollywood Suite is a Documentary which maps the evolution of queer female representation in Television and how it is that the Community’s passionate fandom had fought to see characters representative of the community, and more importantly keep them alive.
The Documentary by Gabrielle Zilkha (Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny) brings-in several interesting subjects on the topic including Ilene Chaiken, Stephanie Beatriz, Lucy Lawless and Angelica Ross, giving us a colourful spectrum of thought and opinion. Who better to comment on the matter than to ask the talent themselves who have started in the Series whom have touched the hearts of fans themselves?
The Film comes with a uniquely-Canadian slant discussing several Series, many made right here in our country like Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost Girl, The 100 and Carmilla. Cultural phenomenons like Glee, Pose, Orange is the New Black, The L Word also are explored as well. All these Programs featuring queer characters, have both shaped the LGBT2Q+ and also been shaped by the community and their feedback.
We hear from a panel of fans and also attendees of ClexaCon, a first of its kind Sci-Fi convention in Las Vegas for LGBT2Q+ females, allies and creators and just how much the death of screen icons broke their hearts, propelling a revolution of which we already are seeing the impacts with an ever-growing amount of queer representation on Television today.
While the Film does a great job exploring the female queer voice from both sides of the television screen, I find it interesting that the impact of queer female characters on allies and male members of the LGBT2Q+ community aren’t given as much in giving the Documentary a wider scope. Nonetheless, this is a Film that needed to be made and these are voices that need to be heard.
QUEERING THE SCRIPT premieres on Hollywood Suite Thursday, January 9 at 9:00 pm ET.