Boston, MA – November 19, 2020 – “The Naturals” crime drama series, created by former Boston resident Caitlin Graham, today announced the premiere of its first season on YouTube. In a genre that is known to tell the gritty tales of straight men in their various mafia roles, Graham flips the script and focuses on a queer woman as the driver of the story. Graham not only created the series and wrote the episodes, but she also stars as the lead character, Fallon Esposito, who has returned to Boston after being estranged from her family to mourn the death of her hitman father.
As a bisexual woman, Graham hopes that by showcasing different types of people in roles long held by men, she can continue to chip away at the age-old notion that women belong in the background. Having been a big fan of crime shows her whole life, she decided to write the show she wanted to see.
“I could never truly see myself in these [mob] stories, and not just for the fact that I was a young queer woman,” Graham said. “The women I did see on screen, even when they were narrating the action (as in Goodfellas), were totally sidelined, ranging from helplessly passive wives to ornamental strippers intended as a backdrop for the real conversations taking place in the foreground. As I got older and started acting professionally, this frustrated me more and more.”
With a cast and crew reflective of Graham’s intention to boost diversity, “The Naturals” doesn’t just talk the talk. In addition to a female star, creator, and writer, the Director, Director of Photography, and First Assistant Director – all often male roles – were staffed by women.
“I wanted to take this beloved but very traditional, hypermasculine genre and turn it on its head by introducing a queer female protagonist and “queering” the genre the way that Bound did for neo-noir,” Graham continued. “And, as is the goal with many of my projects, I wanted to put a real, complex LGBTQ character at the center of a story without that story focusing mainly on her sexuality or a coming out narrative. Those stories are still important and have their place, but it’s time for something different.”
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