Ah HBO, where would we be without you? There’d be no Game of Thrones, no True Blood and no Boardwalk Empire. Of course HBO are not only known for drama series but also brilliant documentary making. One such film I have been looking forward to seeing this summer is Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ The Out List. Sanders series of documentaries The Black List were fabulous and so I was excited to see what he did with The Out List, a film which is basically a series of interviews with members of the LGBT community.
Faces of the community
What I loved about this piece was that he didn’t only have interviews with famous people, yes the majority were easily recognisable, but he also included a Muslim-identified school teacher and the sheriff of Dallas county, after all, these people are just as important when it comes to making a difference. All letters in LGBT were covered and familiar faces included Neil Patrick Harris, Lady Bunny, Wanda Sykes, Cynthia Nixon and Janet Mock. I hate to pick favorites but I am going to. I simply loved Academy Award winning writer Dustin Lance Black. He made me cry, again, damn you Dustin, wasn’t Milk enough?
I think if I had to describe this documentary in one word I would say it was poignant. One by one people came on and talked of their personal journeys. Suze Orman spoke about her wish to marry her partner under federal law in the states, former footballer player Wade Davis speaks about his wish for gender stereotyping to end once and for all, each person had something they wanted to get heard, something that needs to be heard and when you put them all together it makes for a powerful piece of film making.
From political figures like Christine Quinn to activists like Larry Kramer and ballroom performer Twiggy Pucci Garcon, the film gives a voice to a diverse spectrum of our rainbow and as such I highly recommend you give it a look.