Freelancers Anonymous is a quick-paced comedy feature about a group of women who come together to launch a tech start-up company. The story follows Billie who, on impulse, quits her soul-sucking office job and is left to figure out “now what?” She meets a ragtag group of women who are also looking for employment, and is struck with the idea of cultivating their skills to create an app for freelancers.
Freelancers Anonymous premiered at the Castro Theatre as part of Frameline42 and was recognized with the ReFrame Stamp alongside such films as Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favor, and serves as a mark of distinction for projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced film and TV productions, in partnership with Sundance Institute & Women in Film.
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A great comedy that showcases women in tech and lesbians as everyday normal people
Freelancers Anonymous is a great film highlighting women in tech and also some of the daily battles women in the workplace experience including imposter syndrome when we are introduced to Billie (Lisa Cordelione) through an internal monologue where she admits she hates her job and doesn't think she deserves her fiancée. The film follows Billie in her job from hell with boss Janey (Alexandra Billings) and how one day (after her friend Cyn (Grace Rex) gives her pot cake in the office) she quits work and goes to a meeting of other freelancers looking for work.
It shows both the highs and the lows which absolutely ring true to my experiences in life. From the group of women in a room who don't realise their collective strength and ability to create something amazing together; to the one woman who wants to stop collaboration and stop others reaching success. Sad but true, these are experiences that women have in the workplace. The great thing about this film, is that by showcasing these somewhat unproductive traits, it also shows us as women what we can achieve if we work together and support each other.
I often hear cries for good lesbian films; for films that are not simply two women for the sake of it. Freelancers Anonymous is exactly that. In fact it is only at Billie's wedding to fiancée Gayle (Natasha Vegonlis) when co-worker Charlotte (Amy Shiels) finds out that Billie is a lesbian. Billie's sexual orientation doesn't really come into account in her new workplace, even though Billie brings her whole self to work and often refers to her wedding and fiancée. Other workplace bias however, are spattered throughout, a few reversed such as forgetting to include the one man in the room; which means this film will no doubt strike a chord and be familiar to most women across the world on some level.
Natasha Negovanlis is on top form as Gayle, who is a freelancer herself in a couple of video and podcasts. Initially we are introduced to Liza who reviews wines (absolutely love her singing love is a cabarnet), and as money gets tight we also get to her her reading from an erotic novel, which reminded me somewhat of the podcast 'My Dad Wrote a Porno'. Fans of Natasha (she has built up quite a following with Carmilla and Clairevoyent) will not be disappointed, this role is perfect for her - in fact I struggle to see anyone else in this part.
If you are looking for a good comedy film with a strong female cast, a sprinkle of lesbian flair and a storyline that could be seen as a comedy of errors, Freelancers Anonymous is the one to watch.
We give this film 4.5 stars out of 5. We would have loved a bit of of the story after the 'happy ever after'
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