Magazine article Variety

Hyphenates Prove Doubly Unsetttling

Magazine article Variety

Hyphenates Prove Doubly Unsetttling

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From the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the tragedy of missing children, from English royals to detestable changes in smalltown New England, the TV movies and limited series that scored Emmy nominations for their writers and directors examine some of life's harsh realities in ways that educate, elucidate and inspire.

SUSAN YOUNG

AMERICAN CRIME (1)

(ABC)

Writing for a limited series, movie: "Episode One," John Ridley

The series tackles complex issues of gender, race and politics. "We wanted to stake out multiple perspectives In the narrative," says Ridley, "to give equal measure to all. I had never been in a space where that was possible."

AMERICAN HORRORSTORY: FREAK SHOW (2)

(FX)

Directing for a limited series, movie: "Monsters Among Us," Ryan Murphy

This premiere set the season's tone. Murphy Introduces a matrlddal two-headed Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange anachronistical^ singing David Bowie's "Life on Mars" In 1952.

BESSIE(3)

(HBO)

Writing for a limited series, movie: Story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote. Screenplay by Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gllols Directing for a limited series, movie. Dee Rees

Rees looked to blues legend Bessie Smith's songs to write her story. "Just to find ways In which she spoke, things she thought about often, things she was afraid of, things she wanted," Rees says. Her direction style included moving the camera very close "like we're with her and feeling the (struggle)."

HELLO LADIES: THE MOVIE (4)

(HBO)

Writing for a limited series, Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitskyand Lee Eisenberg

Britain-born Stephen Merchant wrote and starred In this feature length finale to his HBO series, which was based on his standup comedy. He plays a witty, but awkward, Brit looking for love In L.A.

THE HONORABLE WOMAN (5)

(Sundance)

Writing for a limited series, movie, Hugo Blick Directing for a limited series, movie Hugo Blick

Blick says doing double duty gave him both a blueprint for the project and flexibility as a director to "react to where a good actor takes you. …

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