Mini Productions presents in association with AZ Film Studios, Paper Ball Pictures and Cat Dragged In Films the BAFTA Qualifying film, Treacle…
When friends Belle and Jessie go away for the weekend and drunkenly hook up; what seems like an awkward slip up to firmly heterosexual Jessie, is in fact an incredible betrayal to bisexual Belle.
Directed by the award-winning Rosie Westhoff who’s previous short Crush premiered at BFI Flare in March 2017 and was then selected as part of the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom. This saw the film screen in over 190 countries around the world and be officially selected into, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, Underwire Festival, London Short Festival Film, TIFF Kids and more. Crush is now available online having accumulated over 135,000 views to date.
Treacle is the writing debut for Mini Productions’ award-winning actor and producer April Kelley and explores her own experiences as a bisexual woman. The film aims to shine a light on the lack of visibility for bisexuals who only receive 1% of LGBT funding worldwide each year. April also stars alongside the born and bred New Yorker, Ariana Anderson.
In collaboration with the Bisexual Resource Center, the film supports the notion that bisexuality isn’t just a phase or an experiment nor is the ‘B’ there to just help the acronym roll off the tongue. We hear you & we see you! This is one of our stories.
Executively produced in the UK by James Dean, an award-winning short film and feature film producer (Discoverdale, Best International Film, Galway Fleadh 2013), as well as the producer of This Is Jinsy, Sky One’s Living the Dream, ITV’s Liar and more.
Over in the USA the film was executively produced by Zeus Zamani of AZ Film Studios whose 10 years of diverse experience in the industry has earned him over 400 music videos credits for superstar artists such as Drake, Enrique Iglesias, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, along with MTV Music Video award nominations and worldwide theatrical film success with the likes of Battlefield America and No Vacancy (LionsGate). It was produced by Katie Rotolo of Paper Ball Pictures, whose work consists of producing YouTube star Anna Akana’s work such as When I Wanted to Die which has gone on to have over 2 million views online; Trumped starring Mimi Kennedy (Midnight in Paris, Mom, Dharma & Greg) and Lara Everly (2 Broke Girls, That 70’s Show) has over 1.2 million views. Henry Kittredge also came on board to produce who is the creative executive at Liza Chasin’s company 3Dot Productions. Prior to that, Henry worked in the LA office of London-based production company Working Title Films. There he worked on tv shows and films such as Netflix’s Gypsy, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed film Darkest Hour and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver to name but a few.
“Bi-Erasure is Real” – We meet the filmmaker carving out space for bisexual women and non-binary people’s stories – DIVA Magazine
Sticky Topics – Digital Filmmaker Magazine
Pride On Screen – The Hospital Club
An Interview with Director Rosie Westhoff – Rianne Pictures
Treacle | April Kelley – Script Shop Podcast
“From screenwriter-star April Kelley and Mini Productions, is a delicately provocative, smartly orchestrated love story wrapped in a gorgeous colour pallet and played to a unique soundtrack that will ring through your ears long after the credits role. Without stigma or stereotypes, and without preaching too loudly, Treacle offered something new, something unique and something great. This short film is a must watch piece of cinema.” – The Film Magazine
“Treacle is a short film with a fresh outlook that depends a lot on its female-led team: Rosie Westhoff’s vision fused with April Kelley’s words and the chemistry between Kelley and Ari Anderson comes together as a beautiful whole that deserves our attention.” - The Simple Cinephile
“April Kelley and Rosie Westhoff have created something really special with Treacle. While LGBTQI+ stories are becoming more commonplace within cinematic storytelling (more so in short films than features), there seems to be a severe lack in representing the B in LGBTQI. But with Treacle, it’s portrayed with the utmost respect and great storytelling.” - What the Flick
“The film achieves it’s aim – to give a story to the ‘B’ in LGBTQ. The acting is strong, particularly from Kelley who also wrote the script and, if I may, is most likely drawing from her personal well. A thoroughly modern story of romance, confusion and sexuality. Treacle is sweet, sickly and lets the message lingers in your mouth after the credits roll.” - Battle Royale with Cheese (Lauren)
“Treacle is relatable, refreshing and visually superb. It’s warm and funny but filled to the brim with tension at just the right moments, telling a familiar story from a fresh perspective.” - Film Carnage
“This is the writing debut of April Kelley but I would be willing to bet a round drinks that she has been writing for awhile now behind-the-scenes because this was a very capable script. Every line of dialogue needs to mean something in a short-film, especially one with an emotional rooted message and Kelley accomplishes this with her script.” - Silver Screen Analysis
“Treacle goes right to the heart of sexuality within female friendship and the difficulties that arise when boundaries are crossed. Treacle shows us that heartbreak is possible for promiscuous people too.” - Battle Royale with Cheese (Esme)
“As a short film, Treacle gives time and attention to a bisexual woman who is able to speak her thoughts and combat perceptions of her sexual identity. Whilst the erasure of bisexuality exists within queer cinema, Treacle displays how essential visibility is and the types of conversations that still need to take place.” - Screen Queens
“What I think makes this film so successfully emotive is the natural performance style, which I mentioned earlier, and the golden Instagram-like glow of the film.” – Wildfire Motion Pictures
“I really enjoyed Treacle for its true depiction of sexual preference and what emotions run through your mind in a time of passion, betrayal and friendship. 100% recommended!” - Rosie Hughes Movies
“Finally, I wanted to mention Treacle, which was my favourite film of the festival… Without spoiling the film, it’s a hangout movie that is able to simultaneously deal with raw, impulsive actions and real emotional depth.” – Directors Notes
Treacle is the story of two friends, Belle, and Jessie, who go on a weekend away to help Jessie get over a recent breakup. Road tripping through California, we follow them over the course of 24 hours as Belle convinces Jessie to not cancel the trip she’d originally planned to go on with her ex. Lines begin to blur between them when the always heterosexual Jessie in her drunken, post breakup loneliness kisses bisexual Belle. Treacle aims to give a voice to the ‘B’ in ‘LGBT’.