Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, nine women paint a portrait of lesbian sexuality against a backdrop of tabloid headlines, book covers and dramatizations from lesbian pulp novels.

This feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film. Forbidden Love brings an important and empowering history of lesbian sexuality in Canada out of the closet.

“A wonderful record.” “It's about time this wonderful movie was available on dvd. Can't wait! ”

Citation

Main credits

Weissman, Aerlyn (film director)
Weissman, Aerlyn (screenwriter)
Fernie, Lynn (film director)
Fernie, Lynn (screenwriter)
Pettigrew, Margaret (film producer)
Stikeman, Ginny (film producer)
Morgenstern, Stéphanie (actor)
Adams, Lynne (actor)
Thério, Marie-Jo (actor)

Other credits

Director of photography, Zoe Dirse; edited by Cathy Gulkin, Denise Beaudoin; music, Kathryn Moses.


Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Women
Sexuality and Reproduction
Lesbians
Lesbians

Keywords

; "Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives"; National Film Board of Canada; lesbian; popular culture;