Looking At You Productions came to life because of an experiment in film documentary, the true story of how this happened is shown in Angie & Jackie Final Cut (2011) 12 mins. When this film was chosen for screening in several international film festivals, we knew we were on to something!
Subsequent shorts including Mark Bunyan: Very Nearly Almost Famous (2013) 15 mins, and Female Masculinity Appreciation Society (2014) 12 mins confirmed us as film festival favourites. In 2015 we produced the contemporary lesbian Cinderella story Heavens To Betsy starring Lorraine Chase and gave up our day jobs to concentrate on the film business. We are currently working on several projects including a feature film with Kate Johnston (Tru Love, 2014). We have never looked back.
Not your average filmmakers
People tell us that what marks out our films is a joy for life. It’s true….we are excited by personal histories and real-life events, by the choices that people face, which ones they make and why. We literally love the whole process of creating film from interviews and research to budgets and casting, locations, shooting and editing… and it shows. Each subject is an absolute privilege to become involved in, and learn from, and we are honoured by the trust placed in us along the way.
We specialise in documentary and narrative fiction based on true stories, predominantly about women, and from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer perspective. We are lesbians ourselves with broad and diverse family and friendship groups, living in a major world city and who enjoy strong global networks.
Our own professional histories also bring huge advantages to our filmmaking. We have transferred the skills gained in cutting edge senior leadership roles, attracted expert associates in the UK and around the world. We bring our own top-level business acumen, experience and intellectual resources to every project. All these help us to tell great stories from first shot to final cut in the most effective way, and to ensure that our films reach their intended audiences.
Satisfying the audience
“I don’t think that men see things wrong and women right, just that we do see things differently”.
One of the main reasons that we make films about women and from the LGBT perspective is that there simply aren’t enough. Dr. Martha M. Lauzen 2016 report, ‘It’s A Man’s (Celluloid) World’ confirms this, “Females comprised 22% of protagonists featured in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2015.
The excellent study by think tank Media, Diversity and Social Change (MDSC) into diversity in the entertainment industry further pins this down:
- Female characters filled only 28.7% of all speaking roles in film
- Only 3.4% of all film directors were female
- Just 2% of all speaking characters across the 414 movies, television shows, and digital series evaluated were coded LGB
- Of all LGBT characters, nearly three quarters (72.1%) were male and 27.9% were female. The vast majority of LGBT characters were White (78.9%) and only 21.1% were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
Each of our films has a built-in distribution strategy and part of our ongoing work is to improve the availability of LGBT films in cinemas, tv, film clubs and on the internet.
“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just redecorate it”