Hello from Faboo TV! ‘What is Faboo TV?’ you may ask...Faboo TV is an online television premiering in 2021. The program showcases the creativity, chaos and talent of London alternative’s clubland - a scene that has always been in the heartbeat of the city's creative industries. Drawing from the UKs rich history of club culture as well as 90s pop culture references such as Eurotrash and The Big Breakfast, the show is curated and hosted by Josh Quinton, Jack Appleyard and Jeanie Crystal, all of whom draw on their combined experience as designers, performers and DJs.
Although Faboo was originally conceived as an immersive night club, the pandemic inspired us to adapt our idea into a tv show, so that we could capture all the fun, love, and radical joy of the queer community that we live and thrive in - one that is grounded on community, inclusion and creative experimentation. What we hope to give our audiences is an insider look into the real lives of the queer creatives who give life to these scenes, by platforming emerging talent from all across the country through interview segments, creative challenges and live performances from the Faboo studios.
Until now, the clubbing experience has always been about being present at live events. Faboo tv brings the best parts of London’s fabled nightlife from the dancefloor to the television screen, in order to inspire and bring joy to all. Faboo tv will bring the exuberance, exhibitionism and DIY pioneering spirit of clubland into viewers across the globe.
We have completed shooting for the first episode and are currently soliciting donations to help fund the completion of a 3 part pilot series. We are so close to finishing this goal, but the pandemic has cost us our primary jobs in nightlife, and we are struggling to finance the completion of the project.
Our long-term vision is to get Faboo TV on a mainstream television network, so that we can reach and inspire as many people as possible, in particular young queers. It is vitally important that queer people continue to see their lives and creative talents reflected in the mainstream media. Your help could make this vision a reality.
Enclosed here is an outline of what we have planned for the first 3 episodes, as well as the Episode 1 trailer and the Faboo cast video. We hope this gives you a picture of our potential and we would be incredibly grateful for your support. Equally, if you feel you know someone who would be interested in supporting this project in other ways, please don't hesitate to put us in touch. Thank you so much for your time.
Josh & Jeanie
Each week Josh and Jeanie introduce the episode dressed in exciting new designs from graduates at CSM - The general narrative is Josh and Jeanie are from another Planet and looking down on Earth to understand its culture.
The Fabooudoir: On bed interview segment
While eating their favourite take away from the Faboo Eats delivery service and sipping on the infamous Faboo Cocktail, guests bare all in the Fabooudoir to our host Lagoon!
Episode one features Max Allen. Max has made clothes for stars including Beyoncé, Rihanna and FKA twigs to name but a few but his favourite clients are the club kids, who only have a few quid to spare. His commitment to dressing the underground comes from an ethos that everyone can have luxury no matter the budget, alongside an uncompromising pursuit for authenticity and creative autonomy.
Episode 2 features Sippin' T who is the confounder of BBZ - a collective that started as an underground party for queer black femmes which blurred the lines between art and clubbing. You can't be queerer or camper than Sharon Le Grand who visits us for Episode 3 a comedy queen with a huge voice, once you meet this artist you never forget her. Ep 4 includes punk rock provocateur that can’t keep his penis in pants (on stage that is) Lias Saudi (front man of The Fat White Family) who gets comfy on the bed with our very own Jeanie Crystal.
Jack’s Reduced Section: DIY Re-Cycle Challenge
Jack Appleyard's pattern cutting and design skills are put to the test as each episode we challenge him to make a couture look from the detritus of the city.
Episode 2 is Beach Couture, where Jack makes Couture looks from items washed up from the Thames. Featuring Webster and Cybil pictured below. In episode 3 Jack does Vegetable Couture with fruit and veg sourced from Tesco's Reduced to Clear section.
The Faboo Mega Magical Mystery Tour: Profiles on Queer Creatives Across the Nation
The Faboo crew needs you! The Magical Mega Van scours the UK to platform artists that have shunned the big smoke, stayed local and stayed fabulous. In this first episode Josh takes the van up to Birmingham to meet Waj Hussain, visual artist and party starter. While Josh walks through the town seeking out the queer history of the nightlife scene Waj talks us through why and how he expresses all of the intersections of his identity and his love for Birmingham.
Episode 2 features Kim A Tron - Print Maker - Nottingham. We take the Faboo Van to meet Kim, the printmaker and painter who we commissioned to immortalise Josh,Jack Jeanie in her psychedelic world. We see each step of her process while she also throws out some iconic looks while walking around her home town of Nottingham. In Episode 3 we're off to visit Robert George Sanders - Taking the Van to the country to meet Robert whose spectacular dresses mirror the beauty of the landscape that he lives in.
The Faboo Room: Performance Segment
From the Fabooudoir to the smoke filled Faboo Room our special guests close the show with an evening performance.
In episode 1 Max Allen provides a cutting critique of queer culture becoming mass produced instead of self defined. Max Allen performs with Producers/DJs Superdrama backed by in house dance troupe The Fabooettes.
Episode 2 - SIPPIN T - DJ /Performance by voguers Webster, Taboo and Jacob.
In Episode 3 the Faboo room is graced with Sharon le Grande and The Fabooettes doing their rendition of Peaches Fuck the Pain Away and Female of the Species by Space. Big hats, big voices, big boobies! Lias and Jeanie have long been talking about collaborating as a reconciliation of an argument in a pub over white male privilege. Episode 4 sees a subversion of a Yves Kline performance piece. The setting is a forest with a huge blank canvas on the ground. A pole dancer is centred in the middle of the canvas and Lias and his brother stand either side in loincloths. Jeanie covers them in paint then pulls their bodies across the canvas. Soundtracked by a spoken word piece from Lias. A pagan performance and ritual fitting for this special episode.
Each episode will include collage animation sections and idents that range from having a satirical to surrealist tone all handmade using shot by shot stop animation technique in a world obsessed with the perfection of the digital these didities encompass the faboo ethos.....DIY!
Please see below our opening credits sequence, featuring music by Horse Meat Disco and Princess Julia, directed by Robert Fox.
Thanks so much for reading.
Jeanie, Josh and Jack
- Jess Morris
- Gizzi Erskine
- Alan Lloyd
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