So, Your Kid's a Homo is a 2018 finalist in our Features under 40 minutes, and we ask Angela Belot of the film some questions:
What was your inspiration behind the story?
This story was inspired by the people around me when I came out and the varying approaches that people took in response to my news. I felt that when parents didn't embrace immediately and fully about their kid's news, they were criticised. I know that my parents and those parents bought up in the older generations were still influenced by an era where homosexuality was still illegal and had the perceived idea that same-sex attracted people didn't have productive, successful and happy lives- like heterosexual or 'normal' people did. I could see that past all that disappointment was actually fear that myself and others wouldn't have a happy, healthy life, but instead one of sheer discrimination and pain. This story is from the parents perspective as they take the necessary steps to get on the right path of accepting their daughter for who she really is.
Who is your inspiration behind the film?
The style of film I wanted to write and produce was inspired by the director Jamie Babbit. The story was really inspired by my Mum and Dad- they are the best bits of the parents in the film.
What was some major hurdles during the filming process?
It took ages to get this together, get the funds and get the amazing talented crew and cast that worked crazy hours to pull this off. The waiting time, the stops and starts were worth it to get the right combination of people on this project. The biggest hurdle was self-doubt. There was such a great response to the script that put pressure on myself and Julyan, the director, to do great things and get the film everywhere. This was both a blessing and a curse.
What are your favourite memories of the process?
I think a project thrives when it has good people on it. It's not about having lots of money to throw around and get the most expensive camera op or production designer...My advice is go out there, network, get recommendations for other artists of whom you should work with and create a family. A family of cast and crew means you will be able to get through long night shoots, early morning call times and bad coffee. The product of your collaboration will be great and ooze passion and love.
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