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Tegan and Sara revisit their highschool years as queer teenagers in new TV memoir

Tegan and Sara revisit their highschool years as queer teenagers in new TV memoir

Whereas writing their 2019 memoir Excessive College, Canadian musicians Tegan and Sara Quin joked that their coming-of-age story — which recounts the dual sisters’ lives as queer teenagers in Nineteen Nineties Calgary — would make for an ideal TV present.

Quickly after the New York Occasions bestseller was revealed, that joke became a severe dialog, and the Quin sisters turned their focus to creating a fictional TV sequence by the identical identify.

Excessive College premiered on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant in September. Will probably be obtainable to Canadian audiences Oct. 28 on Prime Video Canada.

“We had been in a position to translate an necessary common story that can be very particular about twins and turning into artists and queerness and id and friendship, and we’re actually pleased with it,” Sara Quin advised CBC Information forward of the present’s premiere.

“Should you love the Nineteen Nineties, you’ll love the TV present,” she stated.

“Folks love the ’90s,” her sister Tegan chimed in.

Actual-life sisters Railey and Seazynn Gilliland play 15-year-old variations of Tegan and Sara Quin, respectively, within the new TV sequence Excessive College. (Michelle Faye/Amazon Freevee)

Enjoying music collectively since they had been 15

As pop-rockers Tegan and Sara, the duo has gained a number of Juno Awards, been nominated for a Grammy and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. However the Quins have been enjoying music collectively since they had been 15, when Calgary was an early hotbed for underground indie rock artists.

The present, which was filmed at their Calgary highschool, reveals the fictionalized Quin sisters experimenting with music, holding their queerness a secret from one another, going to raves and fistfighting of their childhood house.

A lot of that friction is on show within the six-episode sequence, with real-life sisters Railey and Seazynn Gilliland enjoying 15-year-old variations of Tegan and Sara, respectively. 

WATCH | The trailer for Excessive College, a TV adaptation of the 2019 memoir:

Whereas Sara is at first decided to go her personal method — caught up in a secret relationship together with her greatest pal, Phoebe — Tegan feels rejected and outcast by her sister.

“We all the time say to individuals … Think about hanging out along with your sibling on a regular basis and having a job with them,” stated Tegan Quin. 

“There is a pure wrestle and there is a pure need to attempt to be your individual particular person once you’re always grouped collectively.”

Clea Duvall, greatest identified for starring within the queer cult traditional comedy However I am a Cheerleader and for steering the Netflix comedy Happiest Season, was a simple option to direct and co-write the story with screenwriter Laura Kittrell.

“This was the primary time in our grownup lives actually surrendering our story or our voice to any individual who is not us, and I feel it is a testomony to the belief and the intimacy we’ve got with [Duvall] that we may try this,” Sara Quin stated.

The present, which was filmed at their Calgary highschool, reveals the fictionalized Quin sisters experimenting with music, holding their queerness a secret from one another, going to raves and fistfighting of their childhood house. (Michelle Faye/Amazon Freevee)

The present’s soundtrack is an homage to the ’90s increase in indie rock and grunge, that includes songs from The Smashing Pumpkins, Inexperienced Day and Slowdive. There is a nod to Calgary band Pink Autumn Fall, a favorite of the Quins throughout their teenagers.

Whereas queer artists had been more and more seen in the course of the ’90s — R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe was an inspiration for a way he dressed and introduced himself — Sara Quin stated that she noticed a number of homophobia, “a number of issues that made me afraid.”

“I began to really feel, like, a sort of internalized delight, like, ‘Oh my god, effectively, I wish to kiss women or I wish to gown otherwise than individuals suppose I ought to gown.’ So it was actually difficult,” she stated.

“I feel the present and our story actually simply form of captures how polarizing that feeling was for queer adolescents within the Nineteen Nineties.”