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The DL Chronicles: Season 1
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The DL Chronicles: Season 1

Description: From the makers of cult classic Dante�s Cove comes hit US TV series The DL Chronicles. The red-hot show tells the stories of men of colour who, by consequence and by choice, live sexually duplicitous and secret lifestyles.

Narrated by aspiring journalist Chadwick Williams, as he researches a book about men who sleep with men, aka The Down Low, we enter into a provocative and intriguing world of sexual discovery, denial, betrayal, love, and loss.

Sharp and sexy, this quartet of short films about African-American men living secret sex lives on the down low is a winning mix of scandal, sex and drama. Perfect casting, witty writing and tight direction characterise these captivating films.

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Cast: Damian T. Raven, Sheilynn Wactor, T. Ashanti Mozelle, Darren Schnase, Terrell Tilford, Jessica Beshir, Kareem Ferguson, Toyin Moses, Ty Vincent, Maya Gilbert, R.J. Black, Jason Stuart, Karamo Brown, Holly Karrol Clark, Paul Eric Jerome, Phil Selvey, Sydelle Noel
Director: Deondray Gossett, Quincy Le Near
Language: English
Features: Backlot: Making Of featurette, trailers, photo gallery
Year: 2005

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Registered: October 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 232
Review Date: 29 July 2008 Would you recommend this DVD? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Interesting stories
Cons: Possible unnecessary narrative frame (not a huge con, it has to be said)

In the US, the cable channel here! is a specialist LGBT channel - the type that could never exist over here because there simply aren't enough people to watch it. So thank goodness for the huge population on the other side of The Pond to sustain the development of things like this.

For those (like myself) who have no idea what DL refers to, it's the Down Low. Any the wiser? No? Well it basically means living a double life - pretending to be 100% straight when being a good bit less.

Here we have four episodes (the entire first season) of this classy show focussing on black men's lives on the DL. Each one has a different angle, a different circumstance, a different lie. Whether it's lying to the wife, the daughter, the brother, or all their friends, each of these men is damaging themselves and their relationships because they feel unable or afraid of admitting that they enjoy the sexual company of other men.

Clearly this is a situation that most of us can identify with and so it's easy to get into each story, if you ignore the slightly tenuous narrative device of a journalist writing about these men for some article all about the DL. I think each episode would exist perfectly well without this frame, but the design of each story as a mini novella is different and ultimately successful.

Humour, sadness, affection, fear, hotties, this DVD has it all. Don't try to watch them all at once,though - I did and it's hard going. Watch each episode one at a time and you'll enjoy a piece of US television, the likes of which we can only dream of here.
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