Treacle

About

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 ParisMomDharma & Greg) and Lara Everly (2 Broke GirlsThat 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.

April Kelley – BFI Network @ Flare Mentee in partnership with BAFTA 

A letter to my younger self… “I know why you like girls and don’t wear your seatbelt” – Happiful Magazine

Sticky Topics – Digital Filmmaker Magazine

“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

“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

Rosie Westhoff Shines a Light on Bisexual Freedom in Road Trip Short ‘Treacle’ – Directors Notes

Not-so-Mini Productions Actor and Producer April Kelley: the filmmaker’s dream becomes reality – Exit 6 Film Festival

An Interview with Director Rosie Westhoff – Rianne Pictures

Treacle | April Kelley – Script Shop Podcast

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Synopsis

Treacle is the story of two friends, Belle, and Jessiewho 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’.

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