As a teenager, Elizabeth Sankey was obsessed by romantic comedies. The many romcoms she saw, like My Best Friend's Wedding, Runaway Bride and When Harry Met Sally, coloured her view of love and relationships. Looking back, she describes their influence on her as negative. She now realises that the genre is intrinsically conservative: the protagonists are white and heterosexual, the story is misogynistic and sentimental, the sex roles traditional.

Using a large number of film clips, Sankey analyses the genre together with other aficionados. Why did it become so conservative? Why are career women portrayed negatively? Why are the few homosexual characters so stereotypical? Where are the lesbian or transgender people? Where are the protagonists who don’t come from the middle classes? While Sankey sees how unrealistic everything is, she also thoroughly enjoys the genre. Why is this? The excerpts and her voice-over analyses are juxtaposed with songs by Summer Camp, a band in which Sankey performs along with her husband, composer Jeremy Warmsley.

Filmmaker
Elizabeth Sankey
Premiere
World premiere
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
79’
Language
English
Producer
Chiara Ventura, Oskar Pimlott, Jeremy Warmsley
Production Company
Montgomery Avenue
Sales
Jeremy Warmsley
Writer
Elizabeth Sankey
Editor
Elizabeth Sankey
Music
Jeremy Warmsley