- Contemporary Issues, Portrait, Human Interest, Lifestyle, and Minorities
During their last few days at Cambridge University a tight-knit group of friends prepare for life in the 'real world' as adults, and as lesbians...
Set against the impressive backdrop of Cambridge University, surrounded by history, privilege and tradition, Out at Lunch introduces a group of friends who probably aren't featured in the prospectus. Theyâ€™re all lesbians, and what started as an occasional get together in Claudiaâ€™s kitchen has developed into an invaluable support network. As one girl puts it: â€œI feel like Iâ€™m a bit of novelty when Iâ€™m with my other friends, but to me itâ€™s who I am. When Iâ€™m with the group itâ€™s so much easier to be natural and relax. Itâ€™s just not a big deal.â€ We meet the group during their last few days together, as graduation looms and they prepare to go their separate ways. To mark what feels like the end of an era, theyâ€™ve organised one last get-together with a difference, itâ€Ÿs a formal meal and this time theyâ€Ÿre inviting the parents!
- Show treatment
For some girls, this will be the first time they and their parents have openly acknowledged their sexuality and their relationships. For most parents, this will be the first time they've ever met other parents whose daughters are gay. Itâ€™s a challenging prospect for all involved and a poignant reminder of the difficulties that may lie ahead. As the big day draws closer, the girls share their feelings with an engaging honesty, providing a unique slice of the day-to-day reality of life as a young lesbian. At a time when most coverage of gay issues is either controversial headlines hitting the political agenda or token and often extreme figures in the media, the insight they offer is a refreshing alternative. This film questions established stereotypes, challenges prejudice and offers a truthful portrait to a wider audience. Out at Lunch addresses universal themes of friendship, parent-child conflict, pressure to conform and ultimately the difficulty and the value of being true to yourself.
- in post-production
- Running time
- 60 minutes
- Emma Brogen ... Producer/Director
- Alisa Arnah ... Director/Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Years of Production
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Release year
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