Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls - in Teen Vogue!
Here at POST CITY, we had the pleasure of working on the feature “Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls.” The film was produced, written, and directed by Julianna Notten and released on September 25th 2022. Julianna Notten (She/They) is a Toronto-based, award-winning filmmaker, a Canadian Film Centre alumni, and co-founder of Switch Hitter Films.
Queer representation in media has come a long way in recent years, and the film industry has been taking significant strides towards portraying diverse and authentic LGBTQ+ stories. One such film that has captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike is "Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls." This coming-of-age, queer, young adult film not only explores the complexities of teenage love but also celebrates the importance of confidence and self-discovery. In this blog post, we delve into the essence of the movie and its impact on queer representation in cinema, drawing insights from the article published by Teen Vogue in January.
As mentioned in the article, the film's trailer itself radiates confidence, highlighting Erin's journey with heartwarming moments and an empowering narrative. This representation is vital for young queer individuals, as it fosters a sense of belonging and validation in a world that can often be challenging to navigate. "Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls" avoids reducing queer characters to mere clichés or stereotypes. Instead, it humanizes them, allowing the audience to connect with their struggles, emotions, and triumphs. By doing so, the film not only entertains but also educates and fosters empathy, which is crucial in promoting a more inclusive society.
Moreover, the film's positive portrayal of queer relationships fosters a healthy understanding of love and intimacy within the community. By showing the joys and challenges of same-sex relationships, "Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls" reinforces the message that love knows no boundaries and should be celebrated in all its forms.
"Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls" stands as a remarkable addition to the growing repertoire of queer young adult films that celebrate confidence, self-discovery, and the power of authentic representation. As the film industry continues to embrace diverse narratives, we can hope for more stories that inspire and empower individuals from all walks of life.