The trailblazing creator behind Gentleman Jack talks bringing “the first modern lesbian” to life
INTERVIEW BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE BY BBC/LOOKOUT POINT/HBO/JAY BROOKS
Yorkshire-born writer and director Sally Wainwright is one of TV’s most talented voices and her best creation of all is groundbreaking period drama Gentleman Jack. We caught up with Sally to find out more about her Anne Lister obsession (we totally relate), plus she reveals what we can look forward to in the hotly anticipated season two. DIVAs, are you ready for your preview?
Why the show has struck a chord with queer viewers…
“Anne Lister gives people courage, because she was uncompromisingly true to herself.”
What fans can look forward to about Isabella Norcliffe being introduced to season two…
“Anne Lister can control most people and I don’t think she could control Tib. Joanna Scanlan’s performance is just joyous.”
Her approach to portraying queer intimacy onscreen..
“I didn’t want any male gaze lesbian scenes. I wanted it to feel romantic and earned.”
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