PROOF OF CONCEPT SHORT FILM
WRITER & DIRECTOR: Amanda Kaye
PRODUCERS: Amanda Kaye & David Gim
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tristan Barr & David Gim
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Julian Panetta
SOUND DESIGNER: Peter Kurucz
EDITOR: Shih -YinJudy Yeh
COMPOSER: Tim Pitchford
GAEL BALLANTYNE VIVIEN WHITTLE
RENAUD JADIN KYOKO YATES
A CONTINUANCE PICTURES PRODUCTION
A 70-year-old closeted woman has to confront her faith as she learns what true love is from a sex worker named Destiny.
Good Times and That’s Okay is my careful and delicate attempt to tell a story about Terri, a 70 years old closeted woman who has never experienced love in her entire life except for her designed love for Jesus Christ.
Conflicted by her faith and in denial about her sexuality as a lesbian, Terri, struggles to accept herself. Even though times have changed and LGBTQ+ people are no longer criminalised in many places around the world anymore and social acceptance is growing, people still find it difficult to accept their sexuality, which is influenced by religion and their communities. Love is a basic and fundamental human need and it is hard-wired into us no matter who we are and what we do. Even if you’re a Nun or a prostitute.
As a bisexual woman myself and raised Catholic and went to Catholic schools I remember praying to God as a 13 year old to not make me attracted to girls. I stayed in denial that I was bisexual, dismissing it as a simple misunderstanding on my behalf. Dating and finding love wasn’t easy for me and I realised that I was denying myself this because I was internally conflicted about my sexuality. As a young adult I started to render the thought that I will just have to accept I’ll be alone for the rest of my life. Die as a spinster. Loneliness became part of my normal life and I realised that loneliness is not being alone, it is the feeling that no one loves you. I realised I have the right to be in love and to find it with whomever it happens to be with.
This dark comedy film is designed to whack audiences over the head and confront them with several realisations. Yes, old people still desire love. Prostitutes are people who experience true love too. Nuns have sexual urgers that can’t always be tamed by a splash of cold water in the face.
For some of us the hardest journey in life is realising who we are and being proud of it. To all of them this film is a letter saying love is possible, even if you are a closeted 70 year old Nun!