Speaking My Language

I don’t know if I’m in the best mood to write about this since in all honesty, I’m shaking with emotion. Those who know me well will tell you I’m not one to get emotional over sad movies or books, at least not usually. What has me in a tangle? Watching nine minutes of The Language Of Love.

I’ve rewritten this paragraph three times already. I’ve been trying to explain what about the short film made me teary, but I can’t pin point it. Maybe it’s the phenomenal acting or the way it’s written or maybe it’s because the actor/writer is speaking his truth, from his heart and not just reciting the lines. Maybe it’s because I can relate so easily to it….. It’s probably all the of the above. It all sounds very cliché, but watch it: then you’ll understand. Seriously.

The Language Of Love is a short film written and performed by 17-year-old Kim Ho and directed by Laura Scrivano for The Voices Project – a project that brings together the best of new writing from the Fresh Ink emerging playwrite program, aiding young Australian writers, performers and filmmakers and giving them the opportunity to have their work viewed.

“Charlie struggles to find the words to tell his best friend how he feels, in what shapes up to be the first big test of his life”

The Voices Project website:  http://www.freshink.com.au/thevoicesproject/”

The Voices Project Youtube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/TheVoicesProject?feature=watch

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LGBTQ Interview with Bunny from Steam Powered Giraffe!

Here it is! The interview you’ve all been waiting for!!

Bunny Bennett was kind enough to agree to an interview about being transgendered. Bunny plays the character of Rabbit in the musical pantomime band Steam Powered Giraffe. I was joined by my fabulous friend Libby.

I’ll be using this interview in my personal project to make people aware of the different experiences and identities people can have. I’ll be posting more interview soon so stay tuned! Find out more about the project here: https://becausewearediverse.wordpress.com/the-project/

Don’t forget to check out the fabulous band Steam Powered Giraffe!

Steam Powered Giraffe Website: http://www.steampoweredgiraffe.com/
SPG YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SpineRaptor

Rabbit, Hatchworth and The Spine from Steam Powered Giraffe

Rabbit, Hatchworth and The Spine from Steam Powered Giraffe

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Hope you enjoyed watching the interview! xx

Defined By Love

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a world where “gay” was the majority and “straight” was the minority? Wished it were so, thinking how different the world would be? Sad truth is, life in the minority would still be as difficult as it is now. Think about it. Is “gay” and “straight” really the issue here…?

Love Is All You Need? is one of WingSpan Pictures newest short films, directed by Kim Rocco Shields of the film “My Jane Doe”,  that challenges the idea that the terms “Gay” and “Straight” are the driving force behind the opposition. It also delves into the somber realm of teen suicide and bullying due to social attitudes to LGBTQ people.

The film is set in a parallel world where the “picture perfect family” has two moms or two dads and heterosexuality is considered abnormal, disgusting, “sin” and are referred to as the derogatory term “breeder”. The film centers around a young girl named Ashley, who begins to experience heavy conflict when she begins to fall in love with a boy in her class. No one knows, yet the opposition to how she feels is all round her with the prejudice of her family, friends and teachers.

The film explores how society is separated by sexual orientation. As one character says in the film, “this is a world where who you love defines who you are” – which is defiantly food for thought. The film reveals the backwards attitudes of our society in matters of love and acceptance.

I have never been so emotional watching a short film before. A word of warning: it is not easy to watch. Director Kim Rocco Shields says, “While this film will undoubtedly cause some uneasiness to its viewers, perhaps that is exactly what it is meant to do”.

Love Is All You Need? is a fantastic, emotional, thought provoking film and is defiantly worth a look. It looks at society and acknowledges that we are diverse, and yet it shouldn’t matter when it comes to who we love.

Watch the film below:

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