The Dorians Film Toast 2021 is upon us! The show will air April 18, 2021 on Revry.tv and is sure to be a star-studded, fun, informative event! Tune in as GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics toasts the most diverse, entertaining and inclusive films of 2020/2021 !
And the nominees are:
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Regina King, One Night in Miami
TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS—CAMPIEST TV SHOW (NETFLIX)
Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than this documentary series’ focus Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN:
REBECCA CHAIKLIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-DIRECTOR
Before helping put the spotlight on the ridiculously eccentric—and not all-there—Joe Exotic, Chaiklin wrote and/or directed meaningful documentaries such as Lockdown, USA (in which Andrew Cuomo, Sean Combs, Ruby Dee and others discuss the movement to end the government’s poorly-executed war on drugs), Another World (about the Occupy Wall Street protests), and the peace-minded Beyond Right ad Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Chaiklin is also coproducer of Peter Marino: Beauty and Power, focusing on the revered architect and “best friend” of Andy Warhol and featuring comments from New York fancies like Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Jeff Koons.
Sources: Netflix; IMDB; GALECA.org.
Guillén has been a series regular on MTV’s Eye Candy and ABC Family’s Huge. He guest starred in the Apple series Little America, HBO’s Room 104 and Don’t Look Too Deep directed by Catherine Hardwick. He also served as a recurring guest star on season three of NBC’s The Good Place and Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. As for his film credits, he is best known for his supporting role alongside Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne and Owen Wilson in The Internship in addition to Netflix’s horror film Truth or Dare. Guillén is the recipient of a GLAAD Award for his work on Raising Hope and produced the award- winning LGBTQ+ web series The Filth.
Stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney and Owen McDonnell return with new cast additions: Dame Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day).
Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) serves as lead writer and executive producer for season three, continuing the tradition of passing the baton to a new female writing voice. Executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote and Sandra Oh. Nige Watson also serves as producer on the series. Killing Eve is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC America and is distributed by Endeavor Content. The series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN:
SALLY WOODWARD GENTLE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Gentle is the BAFTA award-winning executive producer of British television dramas such as Any Human Heart, Enid and Whitechapel. She formed Sid Gentle Films Ltd in September 2013 to produce original and innovative television drama and feature films.
Prior to Sid, Gentle was Creative Director of Carnival Films. In 2010, she appeared in Broadcast’s Power List for women in film and television. With Sally at its creative helm, Carnival won Indie of the Year at the 2011 Televisual Bulldog Awards and Best Indie at the 2012 Broadcast Awards.
Before joining Carnival, she was the Creative Director for BBC Drama Production following a year as Acting Head of In-House Drama. Prior to that, she was Head of Development for all BBC drama. While at the BBC she worked across a range of high profile output including Tipping the Velvet, Cambridge Spies, Waking the Dead, the first series of the new Dr Who, Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mysteries, and the HBO co-production, The House of Saddam. She was also at the center of a remarkable run of new dramas on BBC Four including the BAFTA nominated film Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!
Gentle was formerly Managing Director of Kudos where she helped originate and executive produce BAFTA-nominated drama series Psychos created by David Wolstencroft for Channel 4. She continued 16 the relationship with David Wolstencroft and oversaw the development of Spooks before leaving for the BBC.
Since establishing Sid, Gentle has executive produced two seasons of the BAFTA-nominated and ITV ratings hit The Durrells in Corfu with a third in production, as well as Sky Arts equally highly-acclaimed series, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories. Sally also executive produced SS-GB, the Purvis and Wade (Bond screenplay writers) adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic thriller that aired on BBC one in February 2017.
SUZANNE HEATHCOTE, WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Heathcote is a British writer and actor based in the United States. Her writing career began at the Royal Court Theatre, where she attended the Young Writers Program and Advanced Writers Group. Her first play Concrete Fairgrounds, was selected as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival and The New Year New Futures Festival at the Traverse Theatre.
With so much crazy news flying at us, it’s great to know that HBO recently renewed our Dorian winner for Best Current Affairs Show for three more seasons—through 2023.
“For the past seven years, John and his incredibly talented team have taken on topics that are both in the public mind and off the beaten path, always managing to shed new light on these subjects with intelligence and searing humor,” said HBO honcho Casey Bloys in a statement. “We are beyond thrilled to continue this relationship for three more years.”
“We’re all extremely happy to be able to continue to do our show on HBO for another three years, or until the end of the world, whichever comes first,” stated Oliver himself.
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as shining a light on issues big and small as the U.S. heads toward a pivotal 2020 Presidential Election, the Emmy®-winning show airs Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
The series, which is currently on hiatus until September 27, is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
The program is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York, the show features Oliver’s topical commentary. The series has received a staggering 16 Emmys® since its premiere in 2014.
Popular Comedian and Celebrity Speaker John Oliver is an English political satirist who hosts his own television show, writes his own comedy as a stand up comedian and co-hosts and writes podcasts. He is currently the host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which airs weekly on HBO.
Celebrity Speaker John Oliver worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beginning in 2006 as its Senior British Correspondent and continued his work until 2013. He was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, Jon Stewart was out for eight weeks while directing a movie. Because of this, John Oliver guest-hosted The Daily Show during that time. He was so successful as a guest-host that HBO gave him his own television show just three months later.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a satirical late night talk show that covers politics and current events. Before creating his show, John was working on a weekly satirical comedy podcast called The Bulge with Andy Zaltzman, which has about 500,000 downloads per week. John’s other radio work with Zaltzman includes the podcasts Political Animal and The Department.
When he isn’t hosting his late night television show or creating podcasts, John’s thrives in stand-up comedy. He hosted John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, which last four seasons and ran from 2010-2013. It appears on Comedy Central and includes other stand-up comedians as well as himself. Recently John has tried his hand at acting, guest starring in roles such as Dr. Ian Duncan in Community, Felix Pardiggle in Bleak House, and as Booth-Wilkes John in The Simpsons. As far as the big screen goes, John appeared in The Love Guru and voiced a character in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 films.
Sources: HBO, Celebrity Speakers Bureau.
Previous to slaying it as vapid but caring 20something Alexis Rose on Creek (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Annie/Alexis sing her signature pop would-be hit “A Little Bit Alexis”), Annie Murphy notched roles in hit Canadian series like Rookie Blue and Flashpoint. She also has appeared on the stage in Montreal and Toronto.
The Ottowa-born Murphy, who was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work on the show, wrote, produced and acted in The Plateaus, a CBC web series that featured Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Sam Roberts and Kevin MacDonald. She is a graduate of both the Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory and the Theatre Performance Program at Concordia University.
Sources: Schitt’s Creek PR, GALECA.org
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