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Sort Of— Digital Premiere Screening (2021)

  • Primetime
  • 1h 25m
  • Canada


There are periods in one’s life that feel more stable than others, or at least they seem that way in reflection. For many, the last two years have been full of instability and transition. In the new series Soft Of, creators Fab Filippo and Bilal Baig embrace different forms of transition, exploring the themes of gender, love, sexuality, family, career, and landscape.

The series follows Sabi Mehoob (Baig), a gender-fluid 25-year-old Pakistani Canadian, living in Toronto. Sabi decides to follow the advice of best friend 7even (Amanda Cordner) and move to Berlin for a change of scenery. Leaving Toronto means distancing themself from an uncommitted partner and a thankless job as a nanny. Although these seem like easy circumstances to part with, things become complicated when Sabi’s employer Bessy (Grace Lynn Kung), mother to Violet (Kaya Kanashiro) and Henry (Aden Bedard), is critically injured in a bike accident. This leaves an unprepared, ill-equipped, and at times insensitive father (Gray Powell) in a challenging position. Will Sabi follow through with their plan or stay and help the family through an unexpected trauma?

Baig and Filippo’s unique backgrounds complement one another well. Baig, a queer, transfeminine, Muslim playwright and performer, known for the play Acha Bacha, brings humour, empathy, and personal discovery to the story. Actor, writer, director, and producer Filippo brings a wealth of experience working on serialized comedies like Working the Engels and Billable Hours. Together, they remind audiences that transition is healthy, complicated, liberating, funny, and constant.

GEOFF MACNAUGHTON

Content advisory: sexual violence, violence, accident trauma, sexually suggestive scenes, coarse language

Showrunner

Bilal Baig

Showrunner

Fab Filippo

Director

Fab Filippo

Director

Renuka Jeyapalan

Cinematographer

Stephen Reizes

Editor

Sam Thomson

Editor

Omar Majeed

Editor

Hugh Elchuk

Editor

Craig Webster

Executive Producer

Bilal Baig

Executive Producer

Fab Filippo

Executive Producer

Jennifer Kawaja

Executive Producer

Julia Sereny

Executive Producer

Bruno Dubé

Executive Producer

Jenn Engels

Executive Producer

Ian Iqbal Rashid

Executive Producer

Laura Perlmutter

Producer

Jessica Daniel

Producer

Elise Cousineau

Producer

Andrea Glinski

Producer

Daphne Park

Production Designer

Chris Crane

Screenwriter

Bilal Baig

Screenwriter

Jenn Engels

Screenwriter

Fab Filippo

Screenwriter

Nelu Handa

Screenwriter

Ian Iqbal Rashid

Canadian Distributor

CBC

Canadian Distributor

Sphere Media Distribution

US Distributor

HBO Max

US Distributor

Sphere Media Distribution

Composer of Original Score

Haviah Mighty

Composer of Original Score

The Kount

Composer of Original Score

TRuss

Composer of Original Score

Säye Skye

Composer of Original Score

Gay Hollywood

Composer of Original Score

5 Point Diamonds

Composer of Original Score

Jody Colero

Composer of Original Score

Kaya Pino

International Sales Agent

Abacus Media Rights

US Sales Agent

Abacus Media Rights

Languages

English, Urdu

Captions

English