BIFF: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same


Written for the 2011 Brisbane International Film Festival. The tone of the program was a bit more humourous and playful than its Melbourne counterpart, which gave me a little more freedom to work with the format.

Because what part of the phrase “Black and white b-grade lesbian romance sci-fi spoof” doesn’t make you want to see it?

Jane is a lonely lesbian. Working at a greeting card store in New York, she hasn’t dated anyone in longer than she’d care to admit. Meanwhile, on the planet Zots, female Zotsians – bald, tight jumpsuits, deadpan – are being sent to Earth to have their hearts broken, because their excess emotions are depleting the atmosphere.

You can probably see where this is going, but add in some shady government agents, a budget within spitting distance of the ticket price and a brilliantly observed, affectionate parody of the films of the 1950s, and you have the recipe for writer-director Madeleine Olnek’s quite singular, quite funny take on interspecies relations.

“A hilarious date movie for couples of all orientations.” – Hollywood Reporter