“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” – Mark Twain
With a candid, fun, emotional, unpredictable and very contemporary tale of gay by the Bay life in 2014 San Francisco, HBO’s imminent comedy-drama Looking is to set a few tongues wagging, a few hearts pounding and a few digital-daters looking to their overpriced brogues in acute embarrassment.
What HBO say :
“Looking offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living — and loving — in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group’s oldest member — longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39 — is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.
The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices — and rights — for gay men. Also important to the Looking mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group’s lives. Rounding out the Looking world are a bevy of dynamic gay men including Kevin (Britain’s Russell Tovey), Lynn (Scott Bakula), and Richie (Raul Castillo), as well as a wide-range of supporting characters like Dom’s roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín’s boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick’s co-worker Owen (Andrew Law).”
Directed by Brit director Andrew Haigh (whose feature Weekend regularly frequents global lists of the top LGBT films of all time and is one of the most honest, incisive looks at British thirty-somethings regardless of sexuality) this HBO-produced 8 part series is a frank, fresh, political, post-Grindr and purposely zeitgeist-steered look at all kinds of looking in the one city in the world where every street has a view and every view has a story.
Shot in the Fall of 2013 throughout the city, Looking features such fitting locales as The Castro and its pizza [and men] by the slice culture, the legendary Stud Bar, the leather-bound Folsom Street Fair, the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, the remnants of the Sutro Baths and Mission Dolores. Added to that ample location support cast, Looking peppers this first series with apt nods to and appearances by San Francisco’s real-life LGBT cast members (including the vixen cine-matrix herself Peaches Christ and Midnight Sun’s Honey Mahogany).
Looking debuts on HBO in the US on January 19th 2014 and in the UK on Sky Atlantic on the 27th January 2014.
A review will follow.
And if you haven’t seen Andrew Haigh’s previous Weekend, then it is a British-must!