Julia TAYLOR-STANLEY (Artemis Films), Elaine WICKHAM (Maeve Films )
Teenagers - Hormones are raging, curiosity is peaking and peer pressure is building. Can you remember the big challenges of pubescent life? Lollipop looks at these pressures through the eyes of thirteen year old Georgia, who on the eve of her parents separation, is tormented and teased by her friends that her mother is the 1970’s porn star, Bambi Forest. This original family driven story explores how mother and porn star can never be synonymous in conservative suburbia. Lollipop is a coming of age drama of how Georgia finds a documentary on the internet confirming that Bambi and her Mum are one in the same. The documentary explores teen pornography in the 1970’s and reveals the magnitude of her mothers porn career, while exposing her as a teenage runaway from Holland, who was thought to have been abducted from a small Dutch village in 1975. Crushed by the truth, Georgia runs away from home, stowing on a truck bound for Europe in search of freedom and her estranged grandparents. However, events quickly take a sinister turn when she naively befriends a truck driver and is taken to the Redlight District of Antwerp. Discovering Georgia is missing and realising why, her parents Amanda and Tom head for Europe. The agonising road trip forces them to confront their marriage problems and accept that the secret they had fought so hard to hide, is now out in the open. They follow Georgia’s trail, eventually tracing her to Antwerp Central Station, where Amanda is forced to face her daughter and confront the past she spent three decades trying to forget. Once relegated to the margins of society, the sex industry has recently evolved into one of the most democratised industries in the world, assuming an unprecedented and accepted role within the mainstream culture. Lollipop is not about sex or pornography, but an observation on the accessibility of sex in our society, and how sex, when placed within a family context, takes on a new and more complex shape and meaning. Lollipop is about three generation of women in one family; it is about characters, relationships, and the consequences of imprudent actions. It is an examination of how easily young girls can fall into the sex industry, and how abuse and homelessness can lead to prostitution. Furthermore, and most importantly, Lollipop reveals how watching pornography ceases to be innocent voyeurism when the porn star on the screen is the person you love.