Hulu debuts new streaming series 'The Bisexual' staring Desiree Akhavan
This year was a great one for queer cinema on and off the web. There were a number of queer films and TV shows that did well in Film Festivals this year like The Miseducation of Cameron Post and 30. There were also a number of queer writers who have been given the opportunity to create content and production platforms for filmmakers and media entities alike. Hulu’s new Bisexual is a product of a queer filmmaker Desiree Akhavan who also wrote The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
After winning the Grand Jury Prize at this years Sundance Film Festival, Akhavan was commonly referred to as “the bisexual filmmaker” among peers. While the label was accurate, she was surprised by the feelings she experienced associated with the label.
“I heard myself described as ‘the bisexual’ at every other introduction: ‘the bisexual filmmaker,’ ‘the bisexual Iranian-American,’ ‘the bisexual Lena Dunham,’” she explained. “For some reason, hearing that word made my stomach flip, in a non-fun way. And I wanted to explore that.”
The Bisexual stands alone from other queer series in a sense that the main character is a self identified Lesbian who discovers she is bisexual as opposed to a self identified straight woman who has a dalliance with a lesbian only to return back to the comfort of her male counterpart when all is said and done (those stories are important too, we’re just tired of seeing them). The series does a great job of showcasing the slander the main character deals with from her group of lesbian friends as well as the way learning she is attracted to both men and women made her feel.
The writers did a great job showcasing the internal struggles bisexual women face. Poignant, funny and raw, this series deserves five stars. Check out a summary as well as the trailer below and comment your throughts below!
Fresh from winning the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Appropriate Behavior) stars in, directs and co-writes (with Cecilia Frugiuele) The Bisexual, a six-part dramedy which offers a raw, funny, unapologetic take on bisexuality and the comic misconceptions surrounding it. New Yorker Leila (Akhavan) goes on a ‘break’ from her long-term girlfriend and business partner Sadie (BAFTA-nominated Maxine Peake). Moving out of their flat but still forced to see her ex every day at their joint tech company, Leila rents a room from novelist Gabe (Brian Gleeson), a neurotic 30-something dwarfed by the success of his debut novel, which has now been forgotten. Leila soon begins sleeping with men but struggles to come out as bisexual to Sadie and her gay friends. She finds an unlikely wingman in Gabe who helps her navigate a new life dating men and women. Skewering stereotypes and unpicking them The Bisexual explores the differences between dating men and women from the perspective of someone who finds herself – for the first time – doing both whilst examining the funny, painful, complexities of realizing that the one you love, and the life you need, may be two very different things.