Fear Of Water

Eleanor (Chloe) and Alexia (Lily) are part of completely different words. Eleanor’s father is a busy lawyer who makes little time for her when she’s not away at boarding school. Alexia spends most of her time selling drugs and delivering newspapers, helping her injured father and alcoholic mother make ends meet. But despite their class differences, Eleanor and Alexia begin to build a relationship that borders on romantic but is never consummated. Instead, both young women briefly acknowledge they are queer without having any conversations or passionate moments with one another. It’s kind of like My Summer of Love but with less excitement, sex or curiosity.

Fear of Water highlights the similarities between the haves and the have nots through somewhat predictable stories for both of the young women, and there’s no real pay off. Eleanor and Alexia help one another through familial circumstances and, as the title alludes to, Eleanor’s fear of water, but we never find out what either of the women are truly thinking or feeling. There are too many questions left unanswered at the end, including those about both of their sexual identities and how they truly feel about themselves and each other.

Eleanor and Alexia’s friendship does not have the kind of intensity that generally comes from coming-of-age romances, and it’s all the more confusing when Alexia brushes away Eleanor’s singular kiss. The love that is there between two gay (?) young women is too lackluster and based on convenience and boredom than anything else. Fans of Lily Loveless will appreciate seeing her on their screens, but they certainly won’t be satiated with the material she’s given.
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S5:E5 | Starting From Now (Final Season)

Steph makes one final attempt to win back Emily. Kristen admits she needs help and Darcy finds the courage to confront some of the demons from her past.

STARTING FROM NOW is a lesbian web series that explores the lives of four inner-Sydney women as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find someone to love along the way. Starring Bianca Bradey, Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde and Lauren Orrell, this online drama currently has over 25 million views worldwide.

Trailer | New Queer Visions: Lust In Translation

A compilation of short films exploring first love, revenge, new beginnings and more are unwrapped in the first of this exciting series of compilations, programmed by the New Queer Visions Film Festival strand.

SHIMI dir. Kate Maveau (Belgium): Keely is a lonely 16 year old teenager under the thumb of Sarah, a girl from her ballet course. When Keely meets Mairi, an eccentric and attractive girl who is Sarah’s complete opposite, a frightening new dimension presents itself. Brimming adolescent fantasies, disciplined repression and shades of ‘Suspiria’ collide in this promising and beautifully captured film.

LOST IN THE WORLD dir. Xolelwa “Ollie” Nhlabatsi (South Africa): In this powerful revenge thriller, police officer Whitney’s girlfriend befalls a terrible fate, so Whitney goes on a manhunt to find the perpetrators. Genders are reversed and genre tropes exploded with breathless energy and style in Nhlabatsi’s exciting debut.

STEVIE dir. Chloe Jury-Fogel (USA): A hilarious and charming short film about Stevie, a dorky small town tomboy who experiences romance for the first time when a boy and his sister move into town. Prepare to laugh with and love this sensitively captured character portrait.

BLOOD & WATER dir. Emily Iason (USA): Flo, a beer-swigging young Brit with a passion for late nights, dive bars and one night stands has her world turned upside down when she falls for one of her professors. The potential for a deeper human connection proves irresistible, but is she ready for it? A sultry ode to lonely walks home after bright nights out.

TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN dir. Sopheak Sao (Cambodia): The incredible true story of two women who fell in love, survived the Khmer Rouge, became a family, and transformed a community. A heartbreaking and uplifting look at the power of the human spirit and the will to survive.

ALMOST OBSOLETE dir. James Cook (UK): A desperate and spur of the moment road trip to Brighton re-ignites Chris’ bizarre, yet potent, relationship with her gay best friend Michael. A thoroughly modern look at queer relationships and friendships from the UK.

LIT dir. Elena Oxman (USA): A chance encounter between two strangers leads to a late night journey around San Francisco in this quietly moving portrayal of embracing difference.

(music in trailer: Wild Horse by Bird Call)

S5:E4 | Starting From Now (Final Season)

Kristen suffers a further setback while Darcy takes steps towards dealing with her past. Steph and Emily both receive words of advice from unlikely sources.

Starting From … Now! is a lesbian web series that explores the lives of four inner-Sydney women as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find someone to love along the way.

S1:E10 | McTucky Fried High – Religious Cartoon

The crusade for souls continues as Sheri and Christopher try to save McTucky Fried High and compete to become the chosen one.

McTucky Fried High is an indie cartoon series that is unapologetically queer and made by and for LGBTQ folks and allies.

S5:E3 | Starting From Now (Final Season)

TRIGGER WARNING: Contains images of sexual violence

Darcy is struggling to come to terms with her past but refuses to admit it. Steph’s rejection of Emily reopens old wounds and Kristen and Rachel go out on their first date.

Starting From … Now! is a lesbian web series that explores the lives of four inner-Sydney women as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find someone to love along the way.

S5:E2 | Starting From Now (Final Season)

TRIGGER WARNING: Contains images of sexual violence

Darcy’s inability to deal with her past intensifies and she lashes out at Steph. Kristen feels the sting of rejection and a visit from Emily’s father prompts her to make a decision about her future.

Starting From … Now! is a lesbian web series that explores the lives of four inner-Sydney women as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find someone to love along the way.

S1:E9 | McTucky Fried High – STD/STI Stigma Cartoon

When the followers of Cheesus shut down sex ed, the students take matters into their own hands to learn about the dangers of STDs and STIs like MOLD and SPORES!

McTucky Fried High is an indie cartoon series that is unapologetically queer and made by and for LGBTQ folks and allies.