What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? Seventeen year old boarding school pupil Paula is secretly in love with her friend Charlotte. But Charlotte’s going out with Michael. Lovelorn, Paula decides to try and take her mind off things by getting involved with schoolmate Tim, whose feelings for her are genuine. And then there’s Lilli, who is just dying for someone to fancy her and tries to play the wild seductress. Paula must decide if she wants to follow her own feelings or yield to other people’s.
As we approach the October half term break I thought it was time to write the yearly back to school post. I wanted our little dude to settle into the new year before I wrote my post, just in case we were thrown back into a national lockdown out of no where. Thankfully our little dude has managed to stay in his bubble at school with no lockdowns.
The home learning during lockdown didn’t seem to have any negative effects on the levels M was at before the lockdown. So that is a little parenting win. I will be honest trying to keep him learning whilst we both still worked from home was tricky. But credit to him, he worked hard and kept himself at a very good level of learning.
Year four seems to be the year where the work/play balance truly shifts. Each day M comes out with another tale of subjects he has been tackling. French, religious studies, math math and more math (his words). It is also the year we have started to cycle home from school. M has approached this with a fantastic attitude and has persevered through rain storms and windy afternoons.
The little dude is still set on being a Marine Biologist once he leaves education, so we’ve told him he needs to make sure he always pays attention at school, especially maths and science. He is a little sponge when it comes to facts and is a great fountain of knowledge when it comes to sea creatures, fossils and gem stones.
I know he is really looking forward to half term as this year he gets to spend it with Clara, now that she is a teacher. Also there is something about autumn and darker afternoons that causes tiredness in the house. So a rest is definitely due!
I am really looking forward to the growth M is going to go through over the next school year.
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In a moving new short film, a gay dad prepares lunches for his daughter during her first weeks of school and reflects on starting his family, his own difficult school days, and his hopes for the future. Along with the film is a short documentary that looks more broadly at what family means to LGBTQ people.
Matt Gurr’s Lunchboxes, starring Daniel Brennan and directed by Dan Ellis, is a 17-minute monologue that I found to be an unexpectedly touching piece of storytelling. It was “filmed during lockdown with Zoom and a lot of time and patience,” per the show notes, as a collaboration between Green Carnation Company, an LGBTQ-focused theatrical and digital content company, and Bloody Bandit Productions, both based in Manchester, U.K.
To go along with the short, the companies have also released the educational film Queer All About It: My Queer Family, a 17-minute documentary that looks at “what family means to LGBTQ+ people and what challenges, rewards and support they experience.” In it, LGBTQ+ family members across the U.K. and from organizations like New Family Social, The Rainbow Project, and FFLAG, talk about adoption, same-sex parenting, reciprocal IVF, found and chosen families, and more. Even for those of us not in the U.K., there’s lot that should resonate.
The films are part of “Queer All About It,” Green Carnation Theatre’s ongoing digital project exploring themes affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Watch them both here—I recommend seeing Lunchboxes first, since My Queer Family uses two clips from it and there are mild spoilers.