The creators make no apology for the fact that the cast is made up of “A-Gay’s.” All of the cast are successful professionals currently living the good life in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
… all are passionate about living life on their terms, and don’t let anyone dictate how being gay will impact on their lives. They refuse to miss out on anything (Australian laws aside), and are living out and proud…getting married, having babies, breaking the glass ceiling at work – all of it! We think it is an important story, worth telling to a wider Australian and international audience.
While the show is initially screening as a series of webisodes, the project has been created in partnership with Freehand Productions (the television company responsible for shows such as Dancing With the Stars and Top Gear Australia) and together with the buzz being garnered online, there’s a very strong possibility that Generation L will make the leap from your laptop to your television screens sometime soon.
Both London and Hemphill come from a background in the television industry and feel strongly that the time has come for Australian television to step up its game when it comes to queer content. London says:
I see such extremes fed out to mainstream Australia via the media, that generalise what being “a real lesbian” is. We want to change that … it’s time to get representation of our real lives out on Aussie TV screens. We truly believe that we can have an impact in changing perspectives, and instead of just having “tolerance,” we will have true acceptance everywhere.
Disappointingly, the cast is noticeably lacking in diversity without a single woman of colour amongst the line up. When questioned about this London replies:
… This show is about a real group of friends … it has not been cast individually in any way. We do however have age and socio-economic diversity in the character’s backgrounds. It’s a shame that we can’t represent [more broadly] but it’s impossible to do so without being contrived, and it’s unrealistic for this show’s concept because it would be false.
Amber and Rachel
Despite some initial flaws, the show looks to have high production values and a healthy sense of humour. If it indeed screens on television the amount of locally produced queer content will instantly increase by one hundred percent, and I have to say I’m intrigued to see what an Australian version of a lesbian reality show will look like. Watch the teaser below to find out why:
Please Generation L, bring me more romantic discussions between partners as to who is a “starfish”’ and who is “a dud root.” Also, if someone could explain to me what being a “seahorse” in bed actually entails I will definitely sleep easier at nights.
Generation L is officially launching March 2. We’ll be running the series on AfterEllen.com, so look for the first episode this Wednesday.