DEKKOO DISPATCH 016 – ‘G O’CLOCK’ AND ‘QUEER AS FOLK’

Title – ‘Queer As Folk

Director – Sarah Harding, Charles McDougall, Menhaj Huda

Starring – Aiden Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black

Release Date – February 23, 1999

Title – ‘G O’Clock

Director – Mitchell Marion

Starring – Phillip Weddell, Leon Lopez, Seth Papworth, Damien Hughes

Release Date – March 16, 2016

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Happy hump day everyone! Hope your weeks have all been going swimmingly. Speaking of swimming, the focus of this week’s dispatch involves a quick paddle across the Atlantic to Britain where you’ll find two groups of guys partying hard!

First up is the classic original series of ‘Queer As Folk‘. The hit Showtime series here in the U.S. featuring Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, and Hal Sparks was actually a remake of a Russell T. Davies (who later went on to helm the revival of ‘Doctor Who’ and the gay series ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’) series on Channel 4 in the U.K.. If anyone here is unfamiliar with the basic plot I’ll fill you in: The show follows Stuart, a rich advertising executive that parties extremely hard and manages to sleep with whoever he wants, his
best friend Vince, a nerdy type that has a bit more difficulty finding a man, and then there’s 15-year-old Nathan, the catalyst for the series who falls in love with Stuart. Also of note here is that Nathan is played by Charlie Hunnam who went from twink to hunk and has been in tons of stuff like ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’.

It’s interesting to note the differences and similarities between the original and the remake. The cities are fairly similar. It’s Manchester in the U.K. which has a vaguely similar suburban feel to Pittsburgh in the U.S. remake. The main three characters are still in the remake, but with different names. Stuart is Brian, Vince is Michael, and Nathan is now Justin. Also of note is the age of Nathan which in the U.K. series was 15 and in the U.S. series was 17. We’re just not as mature as people in the U.K. I suppose…

I highly recommend checking out the whole series. It packs just as much of an emotional wallop as the American series and still has a ton of sex, drugs, and parties just like its cousin.

This segues just perfectly into our featured short of the week which is ‘G O’Clock‘. I got to see this film twice on the big screen and it’s definitely a short film the audience couldn’t quite figure out if they were turned on by or scared of. The reason for that is that for most of the film you get to see boys partying their asses off almost completely naked and
having sex while imbibing the drug GHB. A quick science lesson: GHB, scientifically known as Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (C4H8O3) is a drug that is typically used in party scenes and at orgies. GHB is very similar to alcohol and increases feelings of euphoria, sex drive, and tranquility. It’s also much more dangerous than alcohol and you can easily pass out on it.

G O’Clock‘ follows the lives of a few GHB partiers, one of whom happens to be a paramedic (a mega HOT burly dude) who saves the life of a friend of the main character at the beginning of the film. The short tries to showcase the fun side of partying with GHB (happy guys, hot sex, big dicks) and also the bad side (jealousy, overdosing, etc.). It’s a really well done short film that I wish was twice as long, but still packs a wallop and is definitely worth checking out.

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Watch ’em with: Your party friends

Mix ’em with: Uh so apparently there’s a drink called GHB and it doesn’t sound half bad:

-1 oz Patron Tequila

-1 oz DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker Schnapps

-1/2 oz triple sec

-1 oz sweet and sour mix

-1/2 lime

 

‘Queer As Folk’ is now available on Dekkoo!

We’re thrilled to announce the original two seasons of ‘Queer As Folk‘ are now available in the Dekkoo library

This UK series originally aired between 1999 and 2000. It starred Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) and a young, baby-faced Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). The show was such a success that it went on to inspire the American remake. However, many feel the original was the better of the two and we tend to agree. The series follows a colorful and lively group of friends at the heart of Manchester’s gay club scene as they forge their ways in a straight world.

Considered controversial due to the sexual relationship between 29-year old Stuart (Aiden Gillen) and 15-year old Nathan (Charlie Hunnam), ‘Queer As Folk‘ remains a truly ground-breaking gay series.

‘Queer As Folk’ is available to binge-watch now on Dekkoo!

 

BREAKING! Watch an exclusive clip of FERAL on OUT.com!

Our friends at OUT.com have posted an exclusive interview with director Morgan Jon Fox about our upcoming original series, Feral.

In addition, they’re offering visitors an exclusive glimpse at the series with a special clip we made just for them.

Exclusive: Director Morgan Jon Fox Talks Feral, His Latest Southern Queer Drama

Feral debuts October 6, only on Dekkoo.

 

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Dekkoo gears up for release of our FIRST original series!

Like HBO’s ‘Looking’ or ‘Girls,’ but set in Memphis, Tennessee. That’s how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes ‘Feral,’ a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts October 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men.

WATCH FERAL AT DEKKOO.COM!

In ‘Feral,’ Fox (who also serves as the series writer and director), weaves a tale of survival as a group of gay 20-something’s learn about love, loss and friendship while
living in the vibrant, artistic queer community of Memphis.

The story line revolves around the lives of Billy and Daniel, two best friends sharing a comfortably broken in bungalow in the diverse neighborhood of Midtown. It begins
when the two are forced to kick out their third roommate, after discovering his heroin addiction.

‘Feral creator Morgan Jon Fox – photo by Breezy Lucia

Known for gritty southern stories about characters on the fringe, Fox describes his protagonists as, “…kids who are left on their own, whether it’s financially, whether
it’s identity, or whether their lovers are deceased. Whatever that is, they’re left to their own devices to carve their own way. They’re feral beings.’

While shows like ‘Looking’ and ‘Girls’ may have provided the template, the Middle America Memphis setting and vibe is what sets ‘Feral,’ refreshingly apart from its
predecessors. Missing are the stock characters, the hipsters, the cliches that are predictably trotted out in gay dramas large and small. “You won’t see the gay stereotypes you see in shows set on the West or East Coast,” promises Fox.

“Now, my characters have theirissues,” Fox explains, “but I didn’t want them to be based in cynicism. I wanted their motives and struggles to be pure and honest in a way that
wasn’t just, ‘I’m a spoiled rich person without meaning in my life. “That the characters are queer is not beside the point “it’s embraced “but it’s not the point, either.”

Jordan Nichols (Billy) and Tristan Andre Parks (Hart) in ‘Feral’

‘Feral’ is not only the first TV series in which thousands Middle American LGBT 20-somethings can finally see themselves realistically reflected, but a welcome window
through which everyone “gay or straight“ can vicariously experience what life is like for the young gay millennials in the American Heartland.

“There are so many stories that are set in New York or L.A., but I feel that we have a story to tell that is uniquely southern,” says Fox. “Memphis is a big city, but because we are in a sense living off the grid, in the Bible Belt, and without the supportive institutions that exist in big coastal cities, we have created our own community, and I think that’s what’s so beautiful about coming up in Memphis.”

Seth Daniel Rabinowitz (Daniel) in ‘Feral’

”Feral’ is about a group of gay kids in their 20s growing up in Memphis, Tennessee and I am one of those things,” says actor Seth Daniel Rabinowitz, who plays Daniel. “It was interesting to take what I experienced growing up in the Mid-South and adapt it to the character. It wasn’t so much that I was playing my character Daniel, as it was that Daniel and I were playing the character together.

What’s striking in ‘Feral’ and beautifully evident in all of Fox’s projects is his ability to create endearing scenes of authentically touching, sometimes heartbreaking intimacy: a quiet embrace in the woods, a twilight conversation on the couch, a softly spoken journal entry.

Fox has directed four feature films including, ‘Blue Citrus Hearts,’ ‘OMG/HaHaHa’ and ‘This Is What Love In Action Looks Like’ are all informed by his painful coming out as a
gay man in the conservative south and has been called one of the originators of the “Memphis Style” of filmmaking known for strong, authentic performances, improvised scripts and tight editing. Filmmaker Magazine named him as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.

‘Feral’ boasts a soundtrack featuring numerous artists from the Memphis area. Headed up by country-punk band Lucero, it also includes songs by the post-punk quartet Nots and on-the-verge breakout musician Julien Baker, whose debut album ‘Sprained Ankle’ was named “one of the best albums of 2015 by The New York Times.

‘Feral,’ a Dekkoo.com original, debuts October 6, 2016.

‘Feral’ leads: (l-r) Leah Beth Bolton, Chase Brother, Seth Daniel Rabinowitz & Jordan Nichols – photo by Breezy Lucia