The bittersweet HBO drama about homosexual friends in San Francisco may air its final episode this weekend but its British director, who also made 45 Years, will continue his investigations into the ambiguities of human relationships
One of the best lines in the feature-length finale of Looking, HBOs show about the lives and loves of a group of early middle-aged men in San Francisco, skewers such a large chunk of the gay experience that it might end up chiseled in marble on the facade of the Stonewall Inn. Doris, a longtime straight friend, hovers at the edge of international disputes between hero Patrick and his exs new boyfriend: Ooh, I love it when homosexuals argue with other lesbians about being lesbian, she trills.
Its seducing to imagine that writer and director Andrew Haigh conjured that line in response to the more piquant criticism of his series, whose absence of an obvious agenda resulted some to label it post-gay. In a 2014 article about the first season, Slates J Bryan Lowder wrote: Straight critics and viewers seeking liberal cred knows where to find an easy tool here; Looking is, after all, gay without any of the hard parts( dick included ), homosexual thats polite and comfy and maybe a little titillating but definitely not all up in your face about it.
Despite the brickbats, Seeming was renewed for a second season, and ripened into a layered portrait of contemporary homosexuals relationships and relationships. Haigh proved himself be permitted to orchestrate some truly gut-wrenching moments( the disastrous Halloween party Patrick throws is referred to by fans in hushed tones ). It gained a devoted following, but HBO eventually decided to cancel it, offering Haigh the opportunity to close with a movie. I ask him whether the network had really been after something else, perhaps the Girls for lesbians it was initially touted as. They always knew what the reveal was, he tells. Im sure they wouldve preferred it to have a larger audience, but it wasnt that they wanted us to make a different show.
Despite the frustration, Haigh seems content with the way things have turned out. Even though we did get cancelled, there is an endpoint. Lots of reveals get cancelled, and then they never get to end their stories, its merely over. It was a really interesting, wonderful experience, and I think we all cared passionately about it.