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Shadowlands is an anthology-style series that explores love in three separate stories - a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend it, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss.
The series begins in 1928 with Alex, a plastic surgeon hell-bent on perfection, hosting a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself.
Fast forward to 1951 and a gay military couple exploring the idea of opening their relationship while on a remote camping trip when they encounter a mysterious stranger.
The stories conclude in 2018 with a painter who in mourning the loss of his lover, becomes obsessed with creating a realistic painting of him. The resulting piece is so beautiful and life like that he is drawn under its spell.
Charlie David/Border2Border is making some of the most compelling LGBTQ+ media today and SHADOWLANDS is no exception. Based on David's short story collection, the three pieces here are all quite different in tone, but use the title as a conceit to tell unconventional stories that weave queer folks back into history. The final piece especially, "Pygmalion Revisited," is a tough watch emotionally, but is exceptionally moving.
If you have ever lost that love then you have also known the greatest heartache you will ever know! Charlie David is an amazing actor. I have loved his work from day 1. As a director I was not so sure about until this movie. I think his strong points are in acting as he has the ability to reel you in and make you feel exactly what his character is feeling! I am still in tears!! I want to see more Charlie both on the screen and behind the camera!!
A creative and emotional trilogy, each story so different, but all intense and wrapped in song. The acting was wonderful, and I could feel the connection between the main characters. The love story and the music from this one will definitely stay with me. Thank you, Charlie David, for these amazing productions. I’m so glad to have experienced each one.