Bloomers

Photo by Kate Disher-Quill

A short film recipient of Screen Australia’s Short Film Completion Fund

15-year-old Stella knows that she’s not like the other girls in grade ten: she’s scrawny, boobless and bespectacled, and teased mercilessly for it—mainly by Emma, the class bully whose popularity is outweighed only by her massive jugs. When Stella discovers during a sex-ed class that she’s the only girl in her grade who hasn’t gotten her period, it’s the last straw. With the help of her friends, Martin (Stella’s semi-closeted best friend) and Gabby (the token Chinese kid), Stella attempts to fit in by fast tracking her way to womanhood. But Stella doesn’t realise that growing up takes time, and when puberty creeps up on you, it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.

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Director: Corrie Chen

Writer: Michelle Law

Producer: Jiao Chen

Festivals: Flickerfest 2014, World of Women Film Festival 2014, LA Shortsfest 2014, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival 2014, St Kilda Film Festival 2015

BLOOMERS was partly funded through Pozible and crowdfunding. As part of a big social media campaign (over $15,000 AUD was raised), two short and funny videos were created to help the project gain word-of-mouth traction. Check them out below.

And here is Benjamin Law and Lawrence Leung attempting to explain one of the biggest female mysteries.