1998, 84 minutes
Directed by Richard Turner
Written by Barry Lowe and Andrew Creagh
Starring Rebecca Smart, Graham Harvey, David Franklin, Caleb Packham and Mary Lloyd.
DVD: Culture Q Connection CQC509
Disgusted with her single mother's endless chain of boyfriends, teenage Violet flees her small town in search of the father she hasn't seen in many years. When she arrives on his doorstep, she is rather surprised to learn that he has been living with his male lover for 8 years. The gay couple decide to take Violet in, only to learn that living with a teenager is more difficult than they expected. A touching and humorously unconventional family drama from Australia.
After Violet's single mother introduces her to the latest "dad," Violet runs away from her small hometown in search of her father. With his address given to her by her grandmother, she turns up on his doorstep planning to surprise him. For Pete, the man who opens the door, the surprise comes as a total shock because Violet's father is Alec, his boyfriend for the last 8 years. Violet is Alec's unwelcome reminder of a long forgotten past, but Pete quickly takes to her. After agreeing that Violet can stay on a trial basis, the boys soon realize that having a teenager around the house is not easy for two gay men whose sole previous family experience is parenting love birds. Violet finds the gay world of her father fun, but also confusing. What unfolds is a classic drama of love that is played out with humor and sensitivity bringing to the screen a rare view of a common and very contemporary family.
“a quirky and highly enjoyable comedy and we loved it”
- Sydney Star Observer
“a touching story about growing up in a society
with ever widening and confusing views
about what family means”
- Chicago Tribune
“undoubtedly and justifiably one of the most
popular contributions to Outfest 97”
- Los Angeles Times
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