The Crowdfunders: Tasty


Written and Directed by Meaghan Palmer
Produced by David Morris and Varun Swaminathan

Tasty is based on a true event…

August, 1994 in Melbourne. Ben (17) lives on the surf coast with his mum and hangs out with his goofy best friend Lolly. Ben tries to fit in, but he feels outside of the world as he is questioning his gender and sexual identity. He wants to lose his virginity in a hurry to find out who he is, but he has difficulty with being naked in front of others.

One morning after his surf, Ben meets cute guy Dane (23) by the beach, who tells him about the cool gay nightclub in the city called Tasty. It’s full of all kinds of people and no judgement. Ben tries to get into Tasty with Lolly but he is knocked back due to being underage. After a very awkward first-time sexual experience being interrupted by his mother, Ben finds the courage to dress as Poppy, a girl. As Poppy, Ben gains entrance into Tasty, along with Lolly, using his mum’s nearly expired drivers license.

Unfortunately for Ben and Lolly, this is the night of the Victorian Police’s brutal and illegal six hour drug raid on Tasty nightclub, where the 460 patrons were publicly stripped, cavity searched with dirty gloves and denied access to toilets, water and their rights. Even worse, Dane is one of the cops who is faced with the dilemma of coming out or selling his people out. Poppy will have to choose whether her newly discovered identity is worth suffering such prejudice for.

Target: $3000

How the funds will be used:
All money raised will go towards the filming and post production of Tasty Meaghan has invested every last dime of her own money however it isn’t enough to complete the project to a level that is worthy of major festivals. It will take six days to shoot TASTY, some of it in the ocean when Ben is surfing with Dane, plus a large club scene has at least fifty extras so we can make the raid look believeable on screen

You can pledge and find out more about the campaign here.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all crowdfunding projects are successful and just because a project has reached it’s target, it doesn’t guarantee the film will be made, or that you’ll receive any reward or compensation for your donation. So in saying that, Cinema Australia takes no responsibility for any wrongdoing on the fundraiser’s behalf.

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