This Short Film Will Be Relatable To Any Girl Whoâ€™s Gotten Her Period on a Hot Date
Thereâ€™s nothing worse than getting your period unexpectedly. Except for, of course, getting your period unexpectedly while out on a hot date. Honestly, even if you know itâ€™s coming, and your crush asks you out for dinner at his damn house while youâ€™re on your period, itâ€™s still a huge bummer.
Sure, you could have sex on your period, but that doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re not going to be cramping, or bloated, or having the always lovely period-induced diarrhea.
Filmmaker Zara Burdett gets it, and she wants other people to get it too, which is why she decided to make a short film about this specific female experience (also because, low key, period blood is art).
â€œWhether we like it or not, women spend so much time watching ‘guy humor’ on screen. We’re fully expected to relate to and empathize with their bathroom/dick/masturbation/sex-issues as if they’re our own,â€ says Zara. â€œWhen women do the same, though, it’s typically considered ‘disgusting,â€™ ‘taboo’ or ‘unladylike,â€™ which is absurd to me, since women’s bodies go through so much and we have so few outlets available in our entertainment. I wanted to make something which would make me feel more seen as a woman, and more comfortable in my skin.â€
Vivian Benitez plays opposite Rushi Kota on a hot date thatâ€™s slightly interrupted by Vivianâ€™s stomach growling. A somewhat artistic, symphonic bathroom scene ensues.
“My thought process when I first read the script was horror, disgust, and then suddenly, enlightenment,â€ says Vivian. â€œI think every actor has anxiety about people thinking their acting is bad, but a whole other layer gets added on when you think, â€˜will people think my toilet-period-poo acting is bad?â€™â€
Thankfully, after the release Vivian got lots of feedback from women who said â€œew! But I love it, same!â€ This was basically my reaction after watching the film, too.
Zara hopes that, â€œAfter so many years of hiding our periods and having to pretend we feel sexy when we actually feel the opposite, I hope audiences can breathe a big sigh of relief and have a big old laugh as well.â€
We hope you can tooâ€“enjoy the short film below!