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Tello Films

In the frame: Christin Baker, boss lady at lesbian web TV platform Tello Films


I spoke to Christin Baker, CEO of Tello Films, the lesbian web network, just days into the New Year. As I was working from home, she was in effect, my virtual first-foot. In order to bring good luck, a first-foot is traditionally supposed to be tall, dark and male. Christin, being petite, fair and female, was the polar opposite. That said, she still brought good cheer to our household in the form of lesbian-specific web dramas that shine bright in a dull world of lesbian screen-death clichés and other prosaic TV tropes.

“Tello creates web drama series where lesbian/bi/queer characters are front and centre,” explains Christin. “We love lesbian stories and don’t think there has been enough of them. These stories are written and performed by lesbians, plus they are produced and directed by lesbians for a specific lesbian audience. The best way to describe us is as the lesbian Netflix.”

Tello is a subscription site and for the equivalent of £3.50 per month, you can watch over 20 shows, some of them reaching a second or even a third season. The series are a mixture of comedy, drama-comedy, crime drama and a smattering of chat shows. They are sassy, well written and confidently acted, with the added attraction of a holding a lesbian magnifying glass up to worlds that will resonate with the viewers.

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