A perfect time capsule of what dating looks like for queer womxn in 2020

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

This month will see the release of of a new queer original series, Dating In Place. It will be available to stream exclusively on the new OML on Revry channel, which is the first 24/7 live TV channel catering to queer womxn, available for free globally in over 130 countries. 

Dating In Place is a socially distant queer comedy and it was created by Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera, and OUTFEST board member Marina Rice Bader. The new series take a female-focused comedic spin on the realities if dating in the “new normal” of a global pandemic and social lockdown. 

Series one is composed of 10 episodes and filmed from the novel perspective of the four female leads – Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera (Debika), Emily Goss (Jo), Kari Alison Hodge (Penelope) and Mandahla Rose (Dinali).

Told through the screens and mobile devices of four young women, the show follows Jo, a hopeful romantic who finds the woman of her dreams–only to discover that her crush lives halfway across the world. Not to shrink from a challenge, Jo connects with her crush online, making plans to meet in Hawaii for their official first date…when 2020 hits. 

Director Marina Rice Bader says:  “As someone who has always been both challenged and fascinated by the idea of ‘true love’” I wanted to explore what it means to be on the brink of that magical experience only to have circumstances out of your control crash in and threaten to steal it away from you. Finding real love is tough enough, you know, without a global pandemic working against you.” 

Like the fictional characters in the series, the filmmakers were confronted with their own pandemic-related challenges: the entire production of Dating In Place was conducted in complete observance of the “Shelter in Place” order; and cast members operated camera, audio, lighting under the virtual guidance of the show’s director and cinematographer who both worked remotely over video conference. 

It’s the perfect time capsule for what’s currently happening in the dating world and not to be missed!

The full series will be available to stream here on 6 December 2020. 

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