April Kelley’s film debut gets an Amazon Prime release on Bi-Visibility Day
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
Happy Bi-Visibility Day! There’s no better day for the release of Treacle – a film that aims to give a voice to the ‘B’ in ‘LGBTQI’. It’s always a great day when there’s new queer screen to stream, but even better when it shows us some positive bisexual representation. What a way to celebrate!
Treacle is made by filmmaker and award-winning actor, April Kelley. We love April for continuing to fly her bi flag as high as possible and Treacle makes sure that bisexual stories are heard and seen.
April was inspired to make Treacle after attending various queer film festivals and being disappointed by the lack of bisexual content and how queer films represent bisexuality when it is included. April said: “I couldn’t help but feel that the ‘B’ in ‘LGBTQI’ was simply there to make the acronym roll off the tongue with ease. I had a story in me that I wanted to tell, a true bisexual story from a bisexual’s mouth.”
The story follows two friends, Belle and Jessie, who go on a weekend away to help Jessie get over a recent break-up. Road tripping through California, we follow the pair over the course of 24 hours as Belle convinces Jessie not to cancel the trip she’d originally planned to go on with her ex. Lines begin to blur between them when the always heterosexual Jessie, in her drunken post break-up loneliness, kisses bisexual Belle.
April added: “I’ve always been open when it comes to my sexuality and very happy to answer any 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? Your friends, you’re comfortable in each other’s company, no doubt you’ve snogged before. What do you do if the advances are more? That’s what I wanted to explore in Treacle.”
“Treacle has gone on to do more than I could have ever hoped for and now, for it to sit proudly on Amazon Prime blows my mind – what a journey it’s been.”