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It's a Sin (2021)

When you are unable to walk away from a show without finishing it in one sitting, you know it’s special. It’s a Sin (2021) is one of the most impactful television miniseries’ I have had the pleasure of watching. In this five part series we meet a group of young people living in London through the development of the HIV and AIDS crisis in the 1980s and early 1990s. Meeting each character individually and watching as they find each other and themselves through the narrative is truly beautiful, this is not just a show about a disease, it’s a show about love, friendship and acceptance.

Never before have a felt personally impacted by such a short series, It’s a Sin (2021) was not made for exposure or gratification but instead it was made to be impactful and allow unheard voices to finally be heard. I’m ecstatic to finally see a LGBTQ+ television series with authentic queer characters played by authentic gay actors, it may not sound like a lot but the decision to cast actors who identify with their characters sexuality and/or identity creates all the more acceptance in the film and television industry and community and overall sees compelling and realistic portrayals. Each episode made me feel incredibly attached to the characters and their personal stories, my love for the characters was down to some incredible acting by each member of the cast, we meet several young people who are all struggling with their own inner turmoil.

Firstly, we meet Ritchie, the central character and almost the glue keeping the series’ characters together, who is openly gay and embraces everything that comes with the lifestyle whilst living in London through the 1980s, but at home Ritchie hides his true identity from his close minded family who he fears will not accept him. Collin, the definition of happy-go-lucky, an innocent young Welsh man who also hides his sexuality from fear his small town would never accept him fully. Jill, the mum of the group, also a central character who helps her friends whilst they live through the crisis. Being a woman Jill takes it upon herself to raise awareness and spread love to the LGBTQ+ community whilst trying to save her friends. Ash, the handsome, openly gay voice of reason who has an open relationship with Ritchie but longs to be more. And finally, Roscoe, the flamboyant energy that brings laughter and emotion to the group. Each character has their own story progression but within the episodes all are brought back together, this series moves like chess, each piece has their own journey but they are all moving for one team. Friendship is the primary theme in this series which is why I fell in love with it, none of these characters would be able to exist without the others and I find it is true representation of what real, true friendship is, it is limitless.

To conclude, It’s a Sin (2021) is an unapologetically realistic and raw storytelling of the AIDS crisis, this series’ narrative is not only touching but combined with the incredible 80s aesthetic through costume, music and visuals this series shocks all the senses and will leave you gasping for more. This series deserves endless attention and recognition from all audiences, be open minded and allow yourself to connect to these characters on a deeper level, you’ll come out the other side feeling every emotion possible.


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