The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin ⭐⭐⭐½

While this is more suited for the small screen, it was a pleasure to watch this entertaining, touching and occasionally revealing documentary on the author of the Tales of the City series, amongst others, on a big screen at this year’s Flare Festival. Not only does it provide insightful background information about his books which I have always devoured with relish, it is also an autobiographical account of a gay man who was brought up conservative in the 60s, liberated in the 70s and achieved great success in the 80s, while reflecting upon the history of the San Francisco gay community, of which Maupin is a prominent figure during those times. Effectively and wittily compiled with chaptering and a light tone that mirror those in his books, this is a must-see for any Maupin and TOTC fans as well as a historical record of the Gay movement in the 70s and 80s.

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