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Different for Girls : The Whole Story

Different for Girls is a groundbreaking, sexy LGBTQ 3 x 45 minute television/web series. Enter a world where love, sex and suspense meet betrayal, cruelty and heartbreak. Fran and Cam, thrown joyously together again after a heartbreaking split, find their future unexpectedly compromised by the consequences of a random act Cam committed during their time apart. Meanwhile Gemma and Jude, newly in love, are torn apart by Gemma’s fake fiancé whose horrific secret Jude has just discovered. Then there is Brooke and Nicola, married for seven years, whose future is threatened by something ominous and sickening that they seemingly have no control over. This is the world where the survival of love is all that matters, and a world where being different is ultimately the new normal. Written & created by Jacquie Lawrence, produced by Fizz Milton and directed by Campbell X and shot by Oona Menges. The cast includes Denise Welch, Alicya Eyo, Rachel Shelley, Charlie Hardwick, Nimmy March, Jake Graf, Sarah Soetaert, Victoria Broom, Toby Sawyer, Caroline Whitney Smith, Topher Campbell, Helen Oakleigh, Tuyen Do, Sophie Ottley, Guinevere Turner and Craig Robert Young.

  • Campbell X
    Stud Life
  • Jacquie Lawrence
    Former Channel Four Commissioning Editor
  • Fizz Milton
    Former BBC Drama Head of Production
  • Rachel Shelley
    Key Cast
    The L Word
  • Guinevere Turner
    Key Cast
    Go Fish, The L Word, American Psycho, Notorious Bettie Paige
  • Craig Robert Young
    Key Cast
    NCIS, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • Toby Sawyer
    Key Cast
    Hollyoaks, Coronation Street
  • Jake Graf
    Key Cast
    Dawn, Brace, The Danish Girl, Collette, Butterfly
  • Nimmy March
    Key Cast
    Death in Paradise, Family Affairs, Butterfly
  • Caroline Whitney Smith
    Key Cast
    Revenge, Her Story
  • Tuyen Do
    Key Cast
    24 Die Another Day
  • Sophie Ottley
    Key Cast
    Stud Life, Rear View
  • Topher Campbell
    Key Cast
    Stud Life
  • Helen Oakleigh
    Key Cast
    As We Are, Women Power
  • Project Type:
    Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Drama, LGBT, Lesbian, webseries
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 4, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    240,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    DIgital HD 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • London
    United Kingdom
    Best Produc
Distribution Information
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Campbell X

Campbell is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the queer urban romcom feature film Stud Life (2012) which was awarded the Screen Nations Independent Spirit Award (2013) and the Best Black LGBT film in the Hotter Than July Film Festival (2013)

In 2013 Campbell was selected to be on the jury for Short films for Outfest LGBT film Festival in Los Angeles. Campbell was on the jury for Lili Award in MIX Copenhagen in 2015. Campbell is developing their second feature film Low Rider, produced by Stella Nwimo and co-written by Guy Bolton, and DES!RE, an experimental short about desire for transgender masculinity and female masculinity.

Campbell was one of the directors of Spectrum London (2017) a webseries a drama written by Jake Graf, created, devised and produced by Monica Y Dee, exploring the lives of queer people in London - which includes a multiethnic and multigendered cast and Different for Girls (2017) an adaptation of the LGBTQ+ bonkbuster novel Different for Girls set in Chiswick West London. Different for Girls is written by Jacquie Lawrence and produced by Fizz Milton. It was the Special Presentation at BFI Flare (2017)

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Director Statement

Different For Girls is an important in that it shows what happens years after people come out. It explores the dilemma's of long term same-sex relationships and marriage. It shows how sometimes homonormative marriage has pleasures as well as drawbacks for each partner. It also takes the gloss off the lives of rich and successful LGBT people in London.

The ethos of Different for Girls as a process is to radicalise the production process. Moving from broadcasters to a web platform, allows the chance to work and think differently. I worked to reframe the narrative, from casting, to crewing the production. I continue to work to cast trans actors, and those who are People of Color.

Working in the digital platform is a challenge as I had to be mindful that people will watch the series on their phones as well as tablets, laptops and TVs. I worked with Oona Menges the DoP to frame the shots to enable a cinematic experience in the palm of your hand. The visual references were the photography of Slim Aarons, and the paintings of Edward Hopper . The sound was important as I was aware people would be listening mostly with headphones, so sound and music create another layer of the Different for Girls Experience.

It was a joy to direct someone else's writing and bring it to life. I usually direct my own writing. But Different for Girls allowed me the space to expand my repertoire of working with Jacquie Lawrence and to visualise her words.