A 2 x 5 EPISODE LGBT WEB SERIES
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Television has been found guilty
of murder in the first degree.
But it’s never been charged.
The victims have one thing in common.
They are all lesbians. Television is literally getting away with murder!
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS is here to save the fate of fictional lesbians.
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS is a web drama series but you can rest assured that no lesbian will be killed or harmed during it’s making. Not unless one of them dies from too much love, lust and laughter.
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS is a web drama series featuring a group of lesbian, bisexual women and gay men whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That is not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing. There is. Just not in front of their partners and children. Set in Chiswick, the women are the real lesbian housewives of West London!
Why the web?
Because it will be seen
British mainstream broadcasters have very few slots for drama. A lesbian-led drama makes an appearance, on average, every five years or so. We bask in the reflected glory of The L Word, Lip Service, Sugar Rush and Sarah Waters’ adaptations. But the most recent, the seminal Lip Service, was last seen on our screens in 2012.
Because it will be immediate
The development/production process won’t be as long or as tortured as mainstream broadcasting. It takes an average of 4 years from commission to transmission. We want to be able to reduce that process to under a year.
Because it gives us the freedom to cast who we want
We will cast from the most talented lesbian, gay, bi and trans actresses and actors out there. There are many lesbians who have not been able to play on-screen lesbians. Usually lesbians have been played by straight women and whilst there have been some brilliant performances, we want to redress this imbalance.
Because we can be diverse
We want to be cast and crew a more diverse range of talented people from the BAME and LGBT community.
Because it will allow us to crew from our community
As much as possible the crew will represent the gamut of sexuality and gender in our creative community.
Because it is our home
The web is where LGBT dramas for LGBT audiences are beginning to thrive, and we turn to the web to find drama that speaks to our experiences. Lesbian audiences are especially loyal and seek out their stories, especially when these stories feature their favourite lesbian and bisexual icons.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are making DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS with a lot of good will and favour but we still have to raise some funding.
We aim to produce the 12 part series (around 3 hours of drama!) for the same cost of an average one-hour UK television documentary.
We have raised one-third of the funding.
But need to raise the rest.
We need you to believe in DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS.
The cast is giving their time, enthusiasm and excellence for rates less than they would get for television or film. Because they believe in it.
The crew is giving their time, energy and skills for rates less than they would get for television and/or film. Because they believe in it.
People are letting us use locations for free. Because they believe in it.
People are letting us use their clothes as costumes. Heck, the Executive Producer is donating her wedding dress for one scene. Because they (and she) believe in it.
A car dealer is letting us have prop cars for free. Because he believes in it.
With your help we can make a difference; we can make DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS!
You can support us here:
Or you can join the DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Indiegogo Campaign where you can donate in exchange of a range of perks like visits to the set, signed scripts, your name in the credits or the chance to be an extra.
We need to raise £50,000. All of which will go towards pre-production, the shoot and post-production. The end result will be a ground-breaking 12 part series with high production values.
If we don’t reach our entire goal, we will produce as many episodes as possible. This story has to be told.
You can donate on this website via Payal
or via our DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS IndieGoGo Campaign.
Indiegogo is a launchpad for creative and entrepreneurial ideas of every shape and size.
Indiegogo allows us to raise funds and grow our community with a crowdfunding campaign.
Hi! I’m Jacquie Lawrence and I am the author of the novel, Different For Girls which has sold over 11,000 copies since it was realised as an e-book in 2014 and then as a paperback in 2015.
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS originated as an idea around a group of women and men whose lives and loves were different. It was a project that put on hold, whilst I looked after my two pre-school age daughters.
When my youngest started nursery, I took the original concept of these lesbian and bisexual women and gay men whose love lives were entangled and thought about how they would be living their lives ten years later.
During this ten-year hiatus, changes in family law, fertility treatment and gay marriage has given these women more complex narratives.
Scenarios around children, marriage, betrayal and even divorce have replaced the usual coming out and first crush stories that make up much of LGBT drama.
That is not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing. There is. Just not in front of their partners and children.
Set in Chiswick, the lesbian and bisexual women are the real lesbian housewives of west London!
We want to cast from the most talented lesbian, gay, bi and trans actresses and actors out there. There are many lesbians who have not been able to play on-screen lesbians. Usually lesbians have been played by straight women and whilst there’s been some brilliant performances, Numerous lesbian, bi and queer friendly actresses & actors have expressed or confirmed their interest in playing our rich and diverse characters.
We aim to crew from a diverse range of talented people from the LBGQT and BAME communities.
So far these include:
Felicity (Fizz) is an experienced TV producer. Her media background ranges from being a freelance documentary producer to running a £275m business in the BBC Drama Department.
Campbell is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the queer urban romcom feature film Stud Life (2012) which was awarded the Screen Nations Independent Spirit Award (2013) and the Best Black LGBT film in the Hotter Than July Film Festival (2013). In 2015 Campbell was listed as one of the top 100 influential LGBTQI individuals in the UK in the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List.
Oona has over 20 years in the film industry, working the full range of the camera department, on both feature films and shorts including: Dirty, Pretty Things, Social Suicide and Looking for Albert.
Jane Czyzsleska – As the award-winning editor of DIVA magazine Jane is passionate about lesbian, bi and trans visibility and is thrilled to be helping out as DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS casting director.
MEET THE CAST
Sarah Soetaert - Gemma
- Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac
- Small Hands in a Big War
Nimmy March - Jess
- Death in Paradise
Toby Sawyer - Kirby
- Coronation Street
Helen Oakleigh - Belle
- Friday Night
- Woman Power
- LGBT+ Performance Poet
Guinevere Turner - Jude
- Go Fish
- Preaching to the Perverted
- American Psycho
Rachel Shelley - Brooke
- The L Word
- Home Fires
Jake Graf - Claude
Caroline Whitney Smith - Nicola
- Her Story
Tuyen Do - Cam
- 24: Live Another Day
- My So Called Life Sentence
- The One’s Below
Take a look at our amazing perks and be part of something amazing!
Charlie Hardwick - Maude
- Billy Elliot
Victoria Broom - Fran
- The Herd
- Space Beers
Topher Campbell - Claude
- The Red Room
Sophie Ottley - Dasha
- Stud Life
- Rear View