Whenever LGBTQ+ characters star in a major Hollywood film, there’s always a little bit of trepidation; LGBTQ+ representation in the mainstream media has always been a bit touch-and-go. For every ‘Love, Simon’ or ‘Tangerine’, there are the poor trans jokes in Adam Sandler comedies and the likes of Scarlett Johannson trying to milk the community in order to obtain recognition at the Oscars. Not to mention that overall representation is dramatically down too.
A new short film, currently seeking crowd-funding, aims to create a show that will inspire and uplift people by portraying a positive story. ‘The Date’ focuses on two women looking for love amongst the tricky and eventful world of online dating.
Co-writer and director Emmalie El Fadli said: “We’re tired of seeing our characters killed off or left unhappy and unfulfilled, so we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands and create a story that inspires people.” Fadil added that the film is important for audiences as it “shows that you don’t have to suffer to find your happy ending.”
Miriam O’Brien, who has performed at the Globe Theatre, and Claire Cartwright, who has made a name for herself in the West End, will take on the main roles of Lizzy and Olivia. Actress Jazmine Wilkinson will also appear in the short film. Meanwhile, Fadli has most-recently worked as an assistant editor for the Noel Clarke-penned ’10×10′, starring Kelly Reilly and Luke Evans.
The IndieGoGo campaign for the short film is currently a third of the way towards reaching its goal of £2,500 and is seeking contributions from anyone who feels the film would be worth their investment. The just-released trailer for ‘the Date’ shows the impressive cast in action alongside promises that the film will feature no deaths, cheating or unhappy endings – consider us sold!