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Released in 1975 and directed by Jim Sharman, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been entered into the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, and the National Film Preservation Board, USA. Shot entirely in Berkshire, England, the film features actors Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and many more.
The Watermelon Woman is one of the first films (if not THE first) about a black lesbian that is written, directed and produced by a black lesbian. As such, it not only takes on the rather uncomfortable topics of opportunities for black women in film, the portrayals of black women in film and the place of black women in the ongoing history of film, but approaches them from a uniquely personal perspective.
I was thinking about making a more universal coming of age story that explored sexual awakening but ultimately the story for me is a lot about coming to terms with grief and loss. I thought that aspect of losing someone important to you was an element that everyone could relate to one way or another.