I really enjoyed this series and look forward to watching upcoming seasons. Normal people. Realistic situations. Well acted. Good production value.
Review by Amos Lassen
By: Amos Lassen
I have been lucky enough to get an advance look at a new gay series that will be streamed exclusively on Dekkoo.com a branch of TLA Releasing. "Feral" is the brainchild of Director Morgan Jon Fox and the first season is made up of eight episodes and ...
I have been lucky enough to get an advance look at a new gay series that will be streamed exclusively on Dekkoo.com a branch of TLA Releasing. "Feral" is the brainchild of Director Morgan Jon Fox and the first season is made up of eight episodes and take my word for it, you do not want to miss one of them. If you have not yet signed up for Dekkoo then you need to do so.
"Feral" was filmed entirely in Memphis, Tennessee and its surrounding areas and the entire cast and crew are from Memphis. Some of you might not be aware of the Southern charm of the Tennessee city but I can tell you that when I lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, Memphis was one of the places where the gay scene rocked and there was always something to do.
"Feral" has absolutely gorgeous scenery and the cinematography has you watching with eyes wide open. The story is a passionate look at young, gay people struggling to find love and meaning in a confusing world. It also represents the long-awaited return to the director's chair of one of the most vital figures of Memphis independent cinema: Morgan Jon Fox has been one of the most vital and leading people in the world of Memphis cinema. His film is about a household of roommates in their early-to-mid-20s, trying to live together, trying to pay the rent, trying to be a part of an artistic queer community, and dealing with some really difficult emotional issues. It is all about finding love, losing love and finding it once again. In other words it is about hope, something that we can never have too much or too little of.
After seeing so many cynical mini-series on television (i.e. "Looking" and "Girls"), it is wonderful to have a series with characters having pure motives that struggle honestly to find meaning in their lives. Billy (Jordan Nichols), a somewhat troubled young micro-budget filmmaker and Daniel (Seth Daniel Rabinowitz), Billy's freewheeling roommate, are the main characters. They share a bungalow in midtown Memphis and we first meet them when they have to kick out a third roommate who is a heroin addict. The characters here are on their own in everything that they do and by this I mean identity wise, financially etc. and it is up to them to find their ways. Hence the title "feral", they are untamed and know the only the only person to be dependent on is each character's own way of dealing.
There is emphasis on depression here and we see through the character of Carl (Ryan Masson) as his life takes a downward turn. His problems are defined by his not being able to deal with them. The film offers no cure and we see that he goes within himself rather than attempting to work on his problems. He does not realize that ignoring a situation does not make it go away.
The film is a collaboration between actors, director and script and the result is mesmerizing. And yes, there is some of the great Memphis music on the soundtrack. Another of the major characters is the city of Memphis and you will learn a great deal about the city without even realizing it. An interesting fact is that the majority of the film was shot with hand-held cameras and this makes the film center on the characters. Director Fox has said that the movie was half scripted and half improvised. A lot of the improvisation came from extensive rehearsal period and this gives credibility to the series.