Christie Viggers - #LoveInBrisbane
With the conversation surrounding the GLBTQ community moving forward in such positive steps, I feel it's the perfect time to shine the spotlight on a Brisbane short-film, #LoveInBrisbane. I believe love comes in many shapes and forms, which is why this 15 minute story resonates with me.
Aside from the moving storyline, it's great to see Brisbane featured so beautifully in this film, almost as if it were the main character. Having lived here for over 10 years, you can't help but fall in love with everything Brisbane has to offer, whilst taking pride in its growth and development. #LoveYouBrisbane. :)
I won't go into to much detail about the film itself as I'd love you to watch it without any expectations, but I did get a chance to chat with the writer, who also just happens to be a good friend and co-worker, Christie Viggers. I really hope you enjoy!
+ What was your inspiration and motivation for #LoveInBrisbane?
First and foremost I am a writer and everything I seem to write about always falls back to the magic of falling in love. I had been spending a lot of time at Southbank over the summer and this idea kept crossing my mind, how we probably cross paths with the same people every day and never realise it. What would happen if something stopped us and we met that person? And by the same token, when you want to casually run into someone specific, it never happens!
There was a window over the summer where the six of us had a few weeks off from our other, paying jobs and we wanted to make a small project together showcasing our favourite Brisbane spots.
It all steamrolled from there.
+ What role do you feel films such as #LoveInBrisbane play for the GLBTQ community?
I think it’s incredibly important and it’s not something we took lightly. GLBTQ culture in film and television, while it is growing, is still incredibly small and often cast in a negative light.
We wanted to give anyone who loves the same sex a fairy tale. The same one you would see in any romantic comedy, the magic of falling for a complete stranger and having the perfect night. And I have to say I wasn’t expecting so much love to come from it. We have received so many messages of support and thanks from complete strangers.
I think fundamentally, GLBTQ community or not, love is the same. So why do we treat it differently?
+ How do you hope your film is perceived by those in the wider community?
Those who have watched #LoveInBrisbane have been nothing but supportive. On the other end of that, you don’t know how many people have told me they didn’t watch it specifically because of the kiss. It breaks my heart over and over again, because it’s just love. What is so scary about that?
What I hope the film does is, if not start, at least aid in a cultural change. I hope that #LoveInBrisbane not seen as a gay film, but just a love story. That it can bring some education and understanding for the GLBTQ community. And that one day, there is no stigma or fear attached to seeing two men (or women) kiss.
+ Any future projects on the horizon we should be looking out for?
Aside from my own personal projects, I am actually in the process of writing a follow up! #LoveInBrisbaneAgain or #LoveInSydney perhaps?! I hadn’t expected that the audience or us as film makers would become so attached to the characters and we don’t feel the story is complete, so we’ll be getting the team back together soon; you’ll just have to follow us on Instagram for updates!
Jonathan and James are both hard at work auditioning and actoring, they have projects coming up later this year which you should keep an eye out for.
Whaley Films YouTube is the best way to keep up with Dale’s latest projects; you can normally find Ben and Glynn there too.
And of course you can stalk us all on social media!
+ Using any drawing instrument, quickly sketch out the very first thing that goes through your head.
You can see more from #LoveInBrisbane work via instagram.