Frustrated by the stalling of same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament, I was inspired to make We Will as a battlecry of support for the issue.
I wanted to create a "slice of life" that was beautiful, uplifting, and relatable; a short, snappy, touching piece an international audience would be excited to share far and wide. We follow Claire (Bianca Bradey) and Rachel (Madeleine Withington) from their first awkward blind date, to their wedding day, where they finally have the chance to publicly declare their love.
The film was made on only $200, with the support of a passionate Sydney community who did everything in their power to help bring this film to life. With a tiny female team - myself, cinematographer Emma Paine and stills photographer Samantha Heather - we ran all around Sydney over one day and night, dropping into cafes, bars, and games arcades, where every single business owner bent over backwards to accomodate a film supporting equal rights.
The script was written in a unique way. I wanted to demonstrate how love transcends both sexual orientation and gender. I reached out to Nirrimi Firebrace and Samuel Leighton-Dore - two writers I admire - to work in a blind collaboration, with both penning vows for one character each. I then stitched the script together without Nirrimi and Samuel ever reading each other's words. The result is powerful and touching, proving that love is love no matter who you are - Nirrimi is a heterosexual woman, Samuel is a homosexual man, they are writing vows for lesbian characters - and yet none of that matters. The love these characters have for each other is palpable.
The film has had an incredible impact online. Within three weeks, the video was viewed over 4 million times over YouTube and Facebook, with hundreds of viewers reaching out. I was sent emails from emotional viewers telling me the film has helped them to come out, or had helped them understand their gay children, or has moved them to support marriage equality - some audience members have even played the video at their weddings in a show of support.
Stills photography by Samantha Heather.