This week, Star joined the Disney+ platform, bringing with it a host of new content including hundreds of old films and TV series and several exclusives that have never been shown in the UK before.
Here are just a few of our favourites.
Love, Victor is set in the world of the groundbreaking movie, “Love, Simon,” which was inspired by Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed young adult novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” It tells the story of a closeted gay teenager who is forced to come out after being blackmailed. The series stars Michael Cimino as Victor, who, like Simon, is on his own journey of self-discovery. Facing challenges at home, navigating the ups and downs of a new high school and exploring his sexual orientation, Victor reaches out to Simon when things become too difficult.
Only two episodes are on Disney+ at present though the series has fully aired in the US. A second season is expected later this year.
Boys Don’t Cry
Brandon Teena, a young trans man played by Hilary Swank, becomes romantically involved with Lana, a single mother. However, he lies to her about his troubled past and sex change which leads to local drama.
The movie is based on a true story, and won multiple awards including a Best Actress award at the Academy Awards for Swank.
The Fosters is the story of teenager Callie Jacob, who is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive, and foster children. The show ended in 2018 after five seasons.
SparkShorts is a series of short films produced by Pixar and Disney. In out, a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents, unexpectedly has his mind magically swappedwith his dog’s. It is notable for being the first ever Disney production to feature a gay main character.
The new additions also include Modern Family, the show that helped change American minds about same-sex marriage, though only seasons 1-8, which is the same as Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Later seasons are available on NowTV and Sky Go). The full series of Ugly Betty, and Glee, are also available.