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Love in full colour

For LGBT teens experiencing bullying at high school, attending the world's first ever Same Sex Formal in Melbourne is a game changer.

  • Suzi Taylor
  • Suzi Taylor
  • Suzi Taylor
  • NA - documentary film
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    35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 AUD
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  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival
    March 21, 2015
    World premiere
Director Biography - Suzi Taylor

Suzi Taylor’s love of filmmaking first manifested when she was six years old, making music videos in the backyard with a dressed-up family cat and a reluctant little sister, dancing around a ghetto blaster in front of a camera balanced on a tree stump. Since then, Suzi has maintained a mission to create entertaining, compelling, unique films that celebrate the human spirit.

Suzi’s work experience has spanned running a school on a remote Aboriginal community to running a busy production company in Melbourne and producing a weekly radio show on activist community station, 3CR. Suzi’s debut documentary 'Damo' won Best Documentary at the St Kilda Film Festival, ‘Best Australian Film’ at the International Big Issue Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Open Channel film festival. During her three years working as a producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Suzi was awarded ‘Best New Talent’ for her film and radio documentaries at the ABC’s national awards. Other recent achievements include winning an SBS/Noise award for her multimedia project 'Utopia' about her experiences of teaching on a remote Indigenous community.

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Suzi has collaborated extensively with diverse communities on various media, including working with Burmese youth on a multiplatform documentary project for the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and producing more than 20 short films with Adnyamathana and Alywarre communities in the Northern Territory. For the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Suzi worked as a researcher on Australia’s first ever TV series on Indigenous languages, hosted by Ernie Dingo and broadcast in 2014. She later teamed up with First Languages Australia and pioneered a national project called ‘Mother Tongue’ through the national public broadcaster ABC, which generated over 70 Indigenous language stories for television and radio across the country.

With a tertiary background in anthropology, education and screenwriting, Suzi has developed a versatile and strong skill set as a writer, director, producer and editor. She has produced a diverse slate of films, including a short romantic comedy starring the late “Bud” Tingwell; a mockumentary that was shortlisted for the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest 2013; animations; TVCs and numerous documentary films for Video Education Australasia.

Suzi is driven by a strong sense of social justice and the belief that stories can change the world. Her creativity and ability to tackle big issues as well as navigate the intricacies of human emotion make her a perceptive and innovative storyteller. She is currently working as a journalist and acting editor for the Australian Education Union in Melbourne, Australia.

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Director Statement

Love in full colour is a moving, timely and compelling film about surviving high school and discovering the transformative power of community, acceptance and love. Told entirely in their own words, 12 phenomenal teens reflect on their experiences of growing up, falling in love, coming out and coming of age with raw honesty, wisdom and humour.

The film was shot over three years. In 2012, director Suzi Taylor came across a small news story about the ‘Same Sex Formal’ – an event held in Melbourne each year for same sex attracted and gender diverse students and their allies. It was for the high school students who missed out on their own school formals or debutante balls - either because they didn’t feel safe or comfortable to attend, or because their schools had explicitly forbidden them from bringing a same sex partner.

In the lead-up to the same sex formal, Suzi met and interviewed some young organisers of the event, along with others who were attending for the first time. Hearing about their often harrowing experiences at high school, Suzi realised that this film was about much more than a party. It was about overcoming rejection, discrimination and invisibility, often across many different facets of their lives.