Teen/Comedy 1hour 43
A refreshing take on dysfunctional family dynamics and the queer coming of age story, achieved through its light hearted humour and a knowing awareness of the British tradition of sun, sea, sand and caravans.
Sweetheart is a refreshing take on teenage angst that also succinctly captures the nostalgia and authentic spirit of British holiday camps. This feature length debut from Marley Morrison follows the life of AJ, a seventeen-year-old lesbian hidden beneath a bucket hat and orange tinted sunglasses, an outfit that makes her resemble Johnny Depp in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The epitome of tempestuous teenage emotions on the cusp of adulthood, AJ has reluctantly been dragged on holiday to Dorset with her mum, (who still insists on calling her April) and her soon to be 9 year old sister Dayna. Also joining them on their jolly’s is AJ’s prissy older sister Lucy, who she describes as ‘the pregnant princess of Dunstable’, last but not least is Lucy’s neutral partner Steve, who acts as a balance between the family, always ready to supply some coffee or crumpets when needed.
But there’s no holiday without holiday romance and AJ soon meets Isla, the pretty lifeguard on site. The two embark on a jerky romance that every audience member, regardless of age or orientation, can relate to. Morrison has produced a refreshing take on dysfunctional family dynamics and the queer coming of age story, achieved through its light hearted humour and a knowing awareness of the British tradition of sun, sea, sand and caravans.
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Caroline has been a volunteer with Lesflicks from the very beginning in April 2019. She came on as a Curator and has programmed a number of Festivals including L Fest and LGBT History Month. Recently she began hosting some of our events, which she really enjoys as its a chance to meet and interact with Lesflicks supporters. She is currently studying an MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation at The National Film and Television School, and pre covid she ran her own feminist classic cinema night called ‘Women & Cocaine’ which celebrates the fierce and liberated women of early cinema.