Suicide Kale is your invitation to be a fly on the wall at one very funny meet-up. Jasmine (Brittani Nichols, Transparent) and Penny (Lindsay Hicks), are in the heady first days of their relationship when they’re invited to lunch with long-term couple Billie (Jasika Nikole, Fringe) and Jordan (Brianna Baker).
In the vast tradition of cinematic get-togethers, things don’t quite go smoothly in this dark comedy. When they discover a mysterious suicide note, Jasmine and Penny endeavour to find out who wrote it. Are there cracks showing in Billie and Jordan’s relationship? And now the hosts have to deal with some lunch guests who are acting decidedly strange. With a relatively simple premise, the film rests on the banter between its winning ensemble, who more than deliver, making sure this is one very entertaining meal, with plenty of hilarity being served up.
Director Carly Usdin has said that she’s hugely proud to have put together a film that features mainly queer women of colour in its cast. On top of that, this is also an impressive effort considering Usdin made it on an almost non-existent budget with a skeleton crew (mainly herself, her wife and a few pals).
Winner of several awards, including the Audience Award for U.S. Narrative First Feature at Outfest and NewFest 2016, and three awards at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, Suicide Kale is well worth a nibble.
Screens with: Hey Stacey
An awkward teenage girl is peer-pressured by her friends to ask out her high school crush.
Classification (Feature and Short Film): Over 15
Please Note: These films contain nudity, coarse language and adult content. Suicide Kale contains discussions of self-harm.
Dates & Times:
Sunday 2 April 7pm
If you are a Queer Screen Member please the visit the Box Office or call them on 8839 3399 to receive your special ticket price of $15.
Feature Film – Suicide Kale
Director: Carly Usdin
Producer: Carly Usdin, Brittani Nichols
Cast: Brittani Nichols, Jasika Nicole, Brianna Baker, Lindsay Hicks, Hayley Huntley
Company Credits: Production Company: Nichols and Dimes Entertainment, Scheme Machine Studios
Short Film – Hey Stacey
Producer: Everlyn Hernandez
“Smartly written, well-acted… an interesting and quite endearing little slice of life.” – Cinema Axis
“A low-budget, highly improvised effort shot over the course of a few days, Suicide Kale is proof that today we can expect more from lesbian indies.” – AfterEllen
“The talented, diverse cast has a knack for comic timing.” – Broadway World