When friends Belle and Jessie go away for the weekend and drunkenly hook up; what seems like an awkward slip up to firmly heterosexual Jessie, is, in fact, an incredible betrayal to bisexual Belle.
Treacle is the writing debut for Mini Productions’ award-winning actor and producer April Kelley and explores her own experiences as a bisexual woman. The film aims to shine a light on the lack of visibility for bisexuals who only receive 1% of LGBT funding worldwide each year.
In collaboration with the Bisexual Resource Center, the film supports the notion that bisexuality isn’t just a phase or an experiment nor is the ‘B’ there to just help the acronym roll off the tongue. We hear you & we see you! This is one of our stories.
Treacle has gone on to screen at over 40 festivals worldwide, April has been nominated as Best Actress by BAFTA qualifying festival Underwire and the film has one multiple awards including Best Women in Film award at Bolton Film Festival. Over 50% of the team who brought Treacle to life are female and we’re proud to tick all the Triple F-Rated boxes.
As a bisexual woman in the industry, I can’t help but feel that the ‘B’ in ‘LGBT’ is simply there to make the acronym roll off the tongue with ease. More often than not, what appears to be a bisexual story turns into a tale of experimenting or just ‘a phase’.
I’ve always been open when it comes to sexuality and very happy to answer questions my friends build up the courage to ask when they’re drunk. But, what happens when that drunk friend wants to push her own sexual boundaries? You’re friends, you’re comfortable in each others company, no doubt you’ve snogged before. What do you do if the advances are more? That’s what is explored in Treacle.
Having heard these stories from both sides and experiencing my own, I’m fascinated by the ‘what if’ and the late-twenties social panic. What if, as an LGBTQ+ woman, you stop the advances to protect the friendship – the rejection still ultimately might hurt the relationship. Or, what if you in a drunk fit of lust and ‘fuck it’ attitude go for it. What if 30 is looming and you don’t know what or who you want for the future but feel pressure by the life clock?
It’s complex, but just because it’s complex shouldn’t mean we avoid fulfilling the stories of bisexuals. Life is complicated, but we don’t get lazy with other stories but defaulting them as ‘a phase’. And this is why I’m giving the ‘B’ a voice in Treacle, my writing debut.
BFI NETWORK @ FLARE Mentorships in partnership with BAFTA: Meet the filmmakers: view
Happiful Magazine: A letter to my younger self… “I know why you like girls and don’t wear your seatbelt”: view
Digital Filmmaker Magazine: Sticky Topics: view
Exit 6 Film Festival: Not-so-Mini Productions Actor and Producer April Kelley: the filmmaker’s dream becomes reality: view
Script Shop Podcast: Treacle | April Kelley: view
“The plot centers on two characters whose layered friendship is solidified simply through the performances. Their interactions, their mannerisms, and the non-sexual intimacy they share with one another portrays a friendship that has been through years of development. The chemistry between Kelley and Anderson captures this perfectly from a visual aspect through their performances. This allows the dialogue to move the story forward not having to build backdrop. Something that is crucial for the success of a short-film when time is limited.
This is the writing debut of April Kelley but I would be willing to bet a round drinks that she has been writing for awhile now behind-the-scenes because this was a very capable script. Every line of dialogue needs to mean something in a short-film, especially one with an emotional rooted message and Kelley accomplishes this with her script.” – view
“Finally, I wanted to mention Treacle, which was my favourite film of the festival… Without spoiling the film, it’s a hangout movie that is able to simultaneously deal with raw, impulsive actions and real emotional depth.” – view