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subtitles. And on top of that, with such a
spoiled audience who has a wider choice of
lesbian films than we do.
You shot two more lesbian-themed films,
Unveiled and To Live. Were you ever
worried you’d be pigeonholed?
I just go with the story I want to tell, and
Unveiled’s about an Iranian lesbian who is
seeking political asylum in Germany and has
to take on the role of a man. The potential
financial backers said, “But does she have
to be a lesbian? Do we really need two
minorities in one film?” But it was exactly
that multilayered aspect that interested me.
So do we still need lesbian movies at all?
Lesbian movies, that’s such a strange genre
[pauses]. What we need are films with
lesbian protagonists. But I don’t like a movie
just because it has lesbian main characters.
It’s the story that matters.
What are your reservations about the genre
term “lesbian movie”?
As long as lesbian films are categorised as
a specific genre, the following will happen:
When you’re out pitching a project with a
lesbian main character, it will automatically
be regarded as the main topic and the
production company will say, “We’ve
already done a lesbian movie!” They won’t
give you much room for anything else to
tell, and that’s very limiting.
Do you feel it’s more difficult to be a
I have to admit, it is more difficult to be
a female filmmaker and, on top of that,
a lesbian filmmaker. In the beginning, I
was in total denial about that, because the
doors opened so easily for me. But by now,
I have learned it’s more difficult.
The decision makers are predominately
straight men, so it’s easier for them to relate
to a guy’s story with straight characters, and
believe in its success. I’m lucky to have found
a niche for my work. However, each time I
finish a film, I feel very vulnerable because I
don’t have the assurance my next project will
You like to collaborate with women, like
cinematographer Judith Kaufmann and
editor Bettina Böhler.
Bettina and Judith are both very important
to me because of the quality they bring to
my work. We can trust each other enough
to accept criticism. They are the first to
read my scripts and they judge them
mercilessly. Which I appreciate even
though I might not like what they have to
Have you ever thought about going
international with a feature film?
Actually, I’m developing a script right
now that I hope to be able to shoot with
If Hollywood called and money was no
object, what would you do?
Well, I wouldn’t tell any other story,
although it would be great to have ample
production conditions. Just give me three
million dollars, so that I can pay my cast
and crew appropriately!
dvd picks» By rachel shatto
This sentimental story from lesbian
director Rolla Selbak follows three
Arab women, one in an arranged
engagement, a second (Sheetal
Sheth) who is acting out and spiral-
ing out of control and a third whose
shame over her lesbianism leads
her to bury her feelings in religion.
Each overlapping vignette offers two
perspectives—first from the outside,
then from their viewpoint—each
offers a deeper look at their motiva-
tions. While the ending may leave
some disappointed it’s an interesting
film that breaks from the painfully
narrow representation Arab women
typically receive in films. And any
chance to watch Sheth in action is
Jack & Diane
Jack and Diane is a strange little
film, part love story, part horror
movie—in which the intensity of
new love gets a visceral and gory
interpretation. A chance meeting
leads Diane (Juno Temple) and Jack
(Riley Keough) to an undeniable
connection that is immediate and
powerful. There is only one problem:
Diane may or may not be a werewolf.
While uneven and more than a little
confusing, the film boasts a variety
of compelling moments and a stellar
sound track. Despite its flaws, this
film is well worth a look, particularly
with the dearth of lesbian horror
films—although this one is less Ginger
Snaps and more Black Swan.
Women Make Movies
This lesbian inclusive documentary
follows the all-woman firefighter
crew Apache 8. For 30 years
Apache 8 has fought fires across
America. The crew faced down
gender stereotypes with unbelievable
hard work and proved themselves
alongside their male counterparts,
becoming some of the USA’s most
elite firefighters. The doc also
touches on the personal lives of a
handful of the crew highlighting the
struggles, sacrifices and tragedies
they have faced in order to provide
for their families. Often bittersweet
but always inspiring Apache 8
beautifully showcases the strength,
resilience and too often untapped
potential of women.
losT Girl: season Two
With season three of Foxtel’s Lost
Girl kicking off this month, now is the
perfect time to catch up. This urban
fantasy series follows Bo, a bisexual
succubus who along with her human
sidekick Kenzi runs a P.I. agency.
Stuck between the dark and light fae
world, Bo is also caught between
two love interests: Dyson, a shape
shifting detective and Lauren a sexy
human doctor (guess who we’re
rooting for). Season two of this sexy
series picks up following Bo’s battle
with her mother Aoife, which has left
the Fae world in turmoil and it’s up to
Bo to set things straight while trying
to maintain her freedom. For fans
of Buffy or the Rachel Morgan book
series, this is a must-watch.
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