The Date

Romantic comedy, 15 m

After swiping right, Lizzy and Olivia hit it off almost immediately but there’s still one thing left to do…meet.



A clever insight into the challenges of dating in the lesbian and bisexual community

The Date is a short film from Emmalie El Fadli following Olivia (Claire Cartwright) and Lizzy (Miriam O’Brien) on a first date in London.

This short covers a story that pretty much every lesbian and bisexual woman will understand – the challenges of dating in the community from researching the person head of the date to make sure they’re not crazy (or related to an ex) to talking about previous dating experience, and the wish to be able to meet women more organically without the use of an app.

The use of messages popping up on screen gave this short a modern feel and allowed for a strong introduction with a great soundtrack and limited dialogue.

I loved the use of shots of the London skyline during the evening, it reminded me why I love London as my home. It also highlighted how open London is; how you can walk down Embankment and through China Town holding hands without anyone flinching (I know, only if you’re femme…).

The final stage of the date shows the progression of the date onto a bar for drinks and dancing. The main scene was shot in London lesbian bar She Soho and was a great close shot that was mesmerizing and intimate. Again this scene had a brilliant track behind it that brought additional emotion to the scene and built the tension up to the climatic end.

This film was made in response to the common theme of unhappiness in lesbian and bisexual women’s storylines and the all-too-common killing off (like Coronation Street did just this week!). It will be popular amongst all the women calling out for happy endings although this is only the beginning of their story…

BFI Flare 20191 logoWe saw this film as part of the 2019 BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The festival is running from 21 March to 31 March 2019.

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