Out is a web series (created by Emmalie El Fadli) that handles the disturbingly ever-present issue of homophobia in schools and the challenges of coming out. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the pilot is ready and coming your way!
“Making Out has been a long time coming! Emmalie pitched the concept to me years back, but it was only months ago that we revisited the idea. We agreed that the show’s themes of homophobia and the struggle to be yourself is still shockingly prevalent all these years later. So, we decided to finally make it – for anyone who’s afraid or struggling to find the confidence to come out.” – Cora Shaye Pope (Director)
“What I’m hoping to achieve is to bring awareness. There have been a lot of LGBT issues recently, and even though things are going in the right direction, I feel that they have backtracked a bit. I feel that this is a really good time for Out to come out – no pun intended!” Emmalie El Fadli (Creator, Producer, Editor)
The series follows the life of Sammy (Jessica Arden), a seemingly unremarkable teenage girl, who meets Jenny, another girl at her school, who changes Sammy’s world. However, this is not a stereotypical girl-meets-girl lesbian drama (as much as we love those!). Out is a quirky, often light-hearted show that handles an array of complex LGBT issues.
“I think the series is going to achieve and attract a completely new, fresh vibe off its audience which is going to be infectious to others!” – Megan Simpson (Jenny)
We follow Sammy on her journey through the series as she comes to the realisation (with Jenny’s help) that her school is full of homophobia and closeted LGBT students. Her peers’ fearful reluctance to come out deeply affects her, and she makes it her personal mission to be the first one who is “out and proud” about her sexuality.
“My dream is that one day being gay will be so normalised that there will be no NEED to “come out”, but until that day, series like Out are important. If we can change the life of even one person, that’s what counts.” – Cora Shaye Pope (Director)
Out’s pilot is set to be released on 15th June 2015 to give you a taste of what to expect, before the team go back into production to bring you the rest of the series. Can’t wait until then? Check out the trailer below.