A crew of Australian filmmakers are crowdfunding to raise money to make a romantic comedy film for LGBTIQ teens.
Ellie, Abbie And Ellie’s Dead Aunt is based on writer-director Monica Zanetti’s stage play of the same name, and will follow 17-year-old Ellie Bowden, who has fallen for her classmate Abbie.
All she wants is to ask Abbie to the formal, but teen angst and awkwardness keep getting in her way.
But Ellie is visited by her late lesbian aunt, who appoints herself as Ellie’s “fairy godmother” to help navigate the teen through her first romance.
Zanetti (pictured, right) said she wants to create a romantic comedy movie reminiscent of those she loved as a teenager but never saw herself represented in.
“I couldn’t think of any romantic comedies for LGBTIQ teenagers. Growing up, there was none that I could ever find,” she said.
“I wanted to create a comfort film for them, a film that could be a nice, modern love story that still references our history.
“The film mentions the importance of our community’s history and how our love stories now are even more special and poignant for those who had to fight for those rights before us.”
Oscar-nominated Australian producer Drew Bailey has teamed up with Zanetti to adapt her original play for the big screen.
Actresses Sophie Hawkshaw, Geraldine Viswanathan and Julia Billington are set to portray Ellie, Abbie and Amber.
To raise money to fund the film, the team have started a crowdfunding campaign which has so far raised more than $7000 of their $40,000 goal.
Donors to the campaign can receive digital copies of the finished film, tickets to VIP screenings, “special thanks” credits and even be named as a associate or executive producer.
For more information about the film and to donate, visit the Pozible campaign page here.