A Canadian documentary on the subject of lesbians and their culture in the 1940s-1960s. Nine different interviews are interspersed with a story about Laura, a young woman moving away and discovering her sexual orientation in a way reminiscent of classic lesbian pulp novels and their clichés; a common motif throughout. Co-directed by Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Weissman and released in 1992, it can be viewed online for free at the producer's website.
This movie contains examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: Played with, the introduction warning audiences not to assume anyone shown is homosexual...or heterosexual.
- Audible Gleam: The heart-shaped locket given to Laura from Meg does this, complete with cartoonish special effects.
- Butch Lesbian: Discussed in detail, more so than femmes, due to the oft unbalanced ratio of the two.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: Laura's visibly nervous as she smokes at the gay bar, though as she becomes more and more comfortable around Mitch, this isn't shown again.
- Contemptible Cover: The primary aesthetic influence is campy old lesbian pulp novel covers.
- The Ken Burns Effect: Used often while showing hotels and other gay bars due to limited footage.
- Male Gaze: Intentionally inverted in the narrative sequences, which generally end with both women looking directly at the camera.
- Society Marches On: Especially noticeable in the CBC segment, which acknowledges the changing socio-economic status of women in the mid-century all while reassuring the audience that women will never leave their role as wives and mothers.
- Your Favorite: Mitch orders a grasshopper for Laura, knowing it's her preferred drink before they even speak.