2019 started off with a bang when it was announced that Wynonna Earp was once again at risk after filming that should have started in February did not take place. Already having been saved from the cut once due to the massive fandom that exists worldwide you would have been forgiven for thinking it was safe.

However despite having a huge number of Earpers (the affectionate name for fans) the show’s producers have said that they aren’t covering production costs.

Such is the desperation of fans to save the show that there are billboards up with the slogan #FightForWynonna plastered across them.

Fast forward just a month and another hit show, One Day at a Time has been announced as being cut from Netflix. In a similar vein, this show has a seemingly massive following with #saveODAAT trending alongside Captain Marvel on social media.

Fans are complaining that Netflix did not adequately promote the show, and that the reasons for being cancelled – namely not enough viewers – is a direct result of Netflix’s inaction.

It is a sad fact that productions that don’t have a mainstream storyline will always struggle to prove their place amongst a massive list of mainstream productions. Whilst it may seem great to have these productions on such a big streaming site such as Netflix, Amazon or on a channel such as Syfy, it is clear that producers should not rely solely on these platforms.

These mainstream platforms can provide access to a wider audience, but it is no guarantee that they will find the content, or that it will be there forever. Nicole Conn’s whole collection of lesbian films was on Netflix for a while, but recently new titles have been added, and so these have been removed. A mainstream site cannot have too many of what they see as niche genres and so for each one we add, another gets cut.

The cancellation of ODAAT, in addition to the constant removal of lgbt films on platforms such as Netflix when new ones come along (because you can’t have more than 10) only makes me more determined to provide a central space to promote productions with stories that lesbian and bisexual women want to see. 

Mainstream platforms only show select titles that are palatable to the mainstream. So many lesbian and bisexual films never get to a wider audience because they don’t get distribution and the filmmaker doesn’t have the time/money/resource to find their audience.  This has been the key driver to my starting up LesFlicks and I’m more determined than ever after this week. 

It is super important to have dedicated spaces that offer 100{c7169d3fc74abcfb7f9e4a0de7d059aeb33b51442cb2f06ba31e13651e66f4af} to our community without quotas or having to suit the mainstream audience to ensure authentic stories get seen for all people in our community. This is my aim with LesFlicks and I hope that it helps women to find the content they desperately seek.