Life and the Art of Lying is the debut film from Emily Schooley, an emerging queer filmmaker from Toronto, Canada.
"A refreshing story of life, love and longing - romance meets scifi in this lesbian film with a twist."
A great debut film, Emily Schooley is definitely someone to keep an eye on!
- Length: 26 minutes
- Writer and Director: Emily Schooley
- Produced by: Laughing Cat Productions
- Cast: Angela Martin, Ariana Leask, Kelly-Marie Murtha. With Miroki Tong and Kari Ann Kinnear.
- Released: 2018
I really liked this short film. I have to admit to watching it three or four times, as each time I watched it, with the knowledge of the full storyline, it allowed me to delve a little deeper into the emotion of the story and connect with the cast. This certainly isn't your usual lesbian chick romance flick, and you'd be wrong for thinking that this is your typical queer girl turns straight girl either.
This film has the typical format of a lesbian romance that is tried and tested running through it, but it is much deeper than that, and also has hints of science fiction with a top secret alternative and untested cancer treatment. What I really liked was that the main storyline is the illness and the journey Charlie goes on, and how this impacts on Mara and their friendship. The sexuality is just a side note to the plot, which I always find refreshing, and definitely a preference of mine over films where there is little storyline apart from the lesbian content.
If you want to know if this film has a happy ending or not, you'll just have to watch it and find out!
Charlie, a bubbly queer artist, heads into a new year surrounded by her closest friends. But her plans for carefree fun are dashed when she is suddenly confronted with a health crisis.
Not wanting to burden those she loves with her news, Charlie lies repeatedly to cover up the severity of her situation. With no easy cures at hand, Charlie turns to her medical doctor, Dr. Simone, and chooses to secretly pursue a renegade solution for her illness.
As Charlie's feelings for her best friend Mara grow stronger, the two women are both forced to confront the painful truths they have been avoiding.
About Emily Schooley
After graduating from the University of Waterloo with an Honours BA in Dramatic Arts, she quickly found herself immersed in the world of film alongside her work in theatre, first as an actor and then evolving to directing, writing, and producing. Now, she continues to work as an actor while simultaneously building her body of work and developing her voice as an emerging filmmaker.
Her previous short film, Psyche, won Audience Choice at Festigious International Film Festival. Emily is a proud associate member of Film Fatales, and will be appearing in MJI Studios' upcoming documentary about women in the film industry.