Introducing - Treacle
"I bet if I was a lesbian this never would have happened, and if I was a dude - it'd be a non-fucking-issue"
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 BAFTA-nominee Rosie Westhoff whose previous short Crush premiered at BFI Flare and was then selected as part of the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom. This saw the film screen in over 190 countries around the world.
Treacle is the writing debut for Mini Productions’ 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 4400 star, Wilder Yari.
The film premiered at BFI Flare. That same year April was one of 6 queer filmmakers to be selected for the BFI Network & BAFTA @ Flare Mentorship and was mentored by BFI Vision Awardee Cecilia Frugiuele. It went on to screen at over 70 festivals around the world and picked up numerous prizes including Best Women in Film at the Bolton Film Festival. In 2021 the film was chosen to be a part of ‘Fresh Flare’, a worldwide touring programme of the British Film Council’s favourite shorts over the last few years.
In collaboration with the Bisexual Resource Centre, 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.
“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
The film touched the hearts of the bisexual community around the world and continues to do so to this day.
Executively produced in the UK by James Dean, whose credits boast This Is Jinsy, Sky One’s Living the Dream, ITV’s Liar, to name but a few. 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).