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The goddess of authentic film

HOW DO YOU CREATE A FILM THAT’S REAL AND HONEST WHEN WE’RE AUTOPROGRAMMED WITH THE MALE GAZE? MERRYN JOHNS FINDS OUT

BELOW HER MOUTH

Remember the French film, Blue Is the Warmest Colour? Many were outraged at the movie’s exploitation of its actresses and the multiple sex scenes in which the women seemed to be performing, not for each other, but for the male gaze. The film started a debate in our community: why couldn’t we make a sexy film of our own, authentically representing lesbian sex and desire? It turns out that Below Her Mouth was already in development when Blue Is The Warmest Colour made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Screenwriter Stephanie Fabrizi and her partner and producer, Melissa Coghlan, were determined to make Below Her Mouth as sexy, as original, and as unwaveringly lesbian as they could. Crewed entirely by women, many of them queer, the film passes the Bechdel test (the test that asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man – phew!) with flying colours and received an F-rating from the Internet Movie Database – F standing for female or feminist. Even better news for long-term survivors of bad lesbian movies, the dialogue is kept to a minimum, desire is at a maximum, and no one dies at the end! We spoke to the cast and crew to find out more.

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Looking bloody adorable on the cover this month is the incredible Ellen Page, who talks to DIVA about her new film Flatliners, being gay in Hollywood, and how coming out has changed her life for the better. Also in this issue… Win a wedding worth £15,000! Below Her Mouth: We speak to the stars of the hit lesbian film Suits you! Bridal fashion for the gentlewoman Nicole Faraday: Bad Girls helped me accept my sexuality Happily ever after? One cynic’s search for long-lasting love Living History: Marguerite McLaughlin on why older generations are our strongest link to our future Rainbow Honeymoons Fantastic books and where to find them Plus travel, culture and much much more!
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