French Lesbian Feature Film
We are shooting the first EVER French-language, lesbian feature film set in Australia.
I am the Writer-Director-Producer of the project, and together we are going to make film history. There has never been a French-language feature film made in Australia -- EVER. The video above is test shots we've done for the film with Roxanne Fernandes, a Miss World Australia 2013 Finalist and New York Award-Winning Director of Photography Tony Ferrieri. We are aiming for quality all the way and will submit to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. We have no government funding or private funding of any kind.
Valerie, 20, has just broken up with the love of her life, Alice. She begins a new existence of having to adapt to a single life and is not coping well. To help ease the pain, she has a string of one-night stands with other women, indulges in drugs and self-mutilation.
Fabien, 40, her father comes and visits her often, but his questioning of her life and what she is doing increasingly irritates Valerie. She finds solace in one of her one-night stands with Danielle.
Sadness turns to anger, and she decides to retaliate against Alice. Her drug-taking and spiraling out of control, and as a result she loses her contract work as a model. Left with no money, she asks Fabien for money to pay the rent, but they end up arguing about what she is doing with her life. She steals money to pay for her drugs.
Eventually, forced to rely on prescription drugs to cope with life, she is bound to see a psychologist on a weekly basis, much to her reluctance. But when Danielle leaves her as well, Valerie is unable to cope and let’s herself go completely.
The film explores the difficult moment one person deals with when rejected from a relationship, but also the ever-increasing problem of self-mutilation with young women when dealing with pain and suffering. It also explores the complexity of being a lesbian in a heterosexual world.
The film will be beautifully shot in Melbourne Australia in summer 2013-2014.
WHO ARE WE?
I am a writer-director who has his first feature film, Six Lovers, produced in 2012. I have also sold a comedy script to an independent producer. I am also a trained cinematographer and actor who has worked on The Eye of the Storm, The Great Gasby, Blue Heelers, Miss Fisher's Mysteries and a dozen of other productions.
Our DOP Tony Ferrieri’s accomplishments include Best Director Award, New York Winter Film Awards; Best Film, Made in Melbourne Film Festival; Excellence in Cinematography Award, Vegas Indie Film Festival; Best Foreign Film Award, Audience Choice Award, Charleston International Film Festival; and a series of official selections including the Palm Beach International Film Festival and Fort Myers Film Festival.
What We Need
We need $20,000 to pay cast and crew. We have the equipment, so there is no issue there in terms of the project getting made.
By paying actors and crew rather than placing them on deferred payment:
- We can shot the film in a shorter amount of time since the cast and crew won't have to work on the side to make a living;
- We can hire better quality people to help with the project;
- We can feed and accommodate the cast and crew;
- If we don't reach our financial pledge, we are still going ahead with the film, but it will take longer and our cast and crew will be hungry and sad. ;(
By helping fund this project, you will contribute in making the best possible film in terms of quality and increasing the chances of having La Souffrance being accepted into the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. We'll go through the backdoor because the Cannes Film Festival has a special open policy for French-language films sent to the festival.
You will also help in providing a voice for lesbians, who are being mainly ignored by mainstream Hollywood films.
You will also help to expose the serious problem of self-mutilation amongts young women and provide awareness.
You will support independent voices in filmmaking.
What You Get
The knowledge and satisfaction that you are providing a voice for independent filmmaking, the gay community and youth at risk. Everyone who contributes financially will also receive a thank-you credit in the film.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't help financially, please spread the word around through Facebook, Twitter and any other means -- give minority filmmakers, the gay community, and fractured youth a voice.
If you are in the Melbourne area and want to join or crew or cast, contact us. We are always looking for good people, and we are currently casting 'lovers' for Valerie.