Once Upon a Zipper

Comedy, 26 min

Rachel can’t stop herself from falling in love with Paulie, the woman who helps her try on wedding gowns.

 An entertaining and eye-catching lesbian film

Once Upon a Zipper, starring Kate Gorney & Jillian Leigh caught my attention with an interesting synopsis, attractive cover, and intriguing title. In a few words, the title wraps the entire story in an exquisite and fun way — it’s perfect.

The Rachel Bennett story (played by Kate Gorney) is a favorable representation of generations and generations of women who are or were caught between a rock and a hard place, many of them with the non-existent option to choose for themselves. Perhaps this is the reason why Rachel finds herself identifyingied with a character from the 2008 novel “I Can’t Think Straight” — an award-winning film written by Shamim Sariff. A smart move by Christie Conochalla because it’s not just about finding a reference that everyone loves, but finding the one that best relates to the main character.

 Despite being a short film and having an extended cut available, Rachel’s difficult journey could have been expanded to address her past a little further by making more use of drama rather than comedy. It can then be considered a simple plot with modest performances that comically achieve their goal.

If you love comedy and romance and enjoyed stories like Imagine Me & You (2005), a movie about a newly married bride who begins to question her sexual orientation after meeting the lovely flower arranger on her wedding day; or the aforementioned I Can’t Think Straight, then Once Upon a Zipper is a must-watch short film you would not want to leave behind. A film directed by Christie Conochalla, also known for directing the award-winning lesbian drama August in the City

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You can watch Once Upon a Zipper now on Lesflicks VOD. There are two versions of the film available. The standard version and a directors extended cut. Which do you prefer? Join in the conversation online with #LesflicksVOD




Reviewer & Writer


Barbara is a researcher and independent analyst passionate about film, editing, and writing. Upon graduating from high school, she went to film school where she was certified as an actress in audiovisual media. In search of opportunities to put her creativity into practice, she volunteered to be a member of the Lesflicks family.