I rarely comment on things I see on tumblr, but I do read an awful lot of stuff, and I've read a few great things about the BBC3 series, "Some Girls," and so far, I really, really like it. It's about four teenage girls of various ethnic/racial/family backgrounds living on a housing estate in South London (for those in America, housing estates are similar to public housing, some are more like the US ideas of "the projects" but others can be quite a bit nicer, and many have been privitised over the last twenty or thirty years). Not the time, but ask me about the privitisation of housing estates under the Thatcher administration later. I'VE GOT OPINIONS.
Although I was never a cisgender teenage girl myself, I paid a lot of attention to the interactions of my female peers, and I'm a teacher of teens and pre-teens now, and while there are certainly cultural differences between England, Texas (let alone the rest of the states) and Japan, I feel this is pretty accurate and realistic. What I have read, both on personal blogs and in major media reviews is that a lot of folks agree, including current cis teenage girls. I've also read that it's "better than Skins, but a rip off of In-Betweeners" but I know nothing about either, although my cousin T is a big fan of Skins.
What really, really seems to be working is that honestly, these are girls. Not "characters." Not cut outs. And they don't seem to exist on sets or in front of scenery. It's a sitcom, sure, but the cinematography is such that it comes off a lot more like we're peering into actual lives here. Not even like a documentary. More like just we stumbled upon a pile of chronologically ordered A/V club recordings. Things aren't clean; they're shabby. They're mismatched. They're tilted. The girls don't look made up, and they don't look "made down" in a false way. They're people I know, people I knew, people I teach. People I've coached or student taught for back in the United States. Real kids.
That of course won't be interesting to a lot of people. There's really not a whole lot to these interactions which scream GREAT DRAMA. But these little interactions, they have a lot to say about the current state of race relations and class relations in England, and to a somewhat lesser degree, in the west. The general picture is of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic group without internal divisions, but as the series shows each girl's home life and wider thought patterns, these distinctions become clear. There is also, in the background fuzz, distinct commentary on gender and sexuality, although since I haven't gotten into series two yet, I haven't seen as much as reviews have promised, nor have I seen much about gender identity. Point is, this show is already super intersectional.
So, I guess my only question is, why the fuck aren't you already watching this?
Get on it!