Season 3 of "Starting From ... Now!" picks up a month after the end of Season 2. It explores the repercussions of Darcy's decision and the impact this has, not only on her life, but also on the lives of Steph, Kristen and Emily.
Starting From ... What?
Starting From … Now! is a web series that follows the increasingly tangled lives of four lesbian women in inner-city Sydney. Currently in its second season Starting From … Now! has built a strong on-line following with views in excess of 100,000 for individual episodes and over 900,000 across the first season and a half. The series has garnered praise for offering an alternative to mainstream portrayals of female characters by exploring the lives of strong, complex women who are lesbian but who aren’t defined by their sexuality.
Starting From ... Why?
This is why we are so passionate about this project and why we would like to make Season 3. We believe that mainstream representations of women and sexuality are far too limited and reliant on gender stereotypes. As a woman and a lesbian, I’m tired of seeing women still, in this day and age, being cast as either the Madonna or the whore. I’m tired of not seeing lesbians on screen or if they do happen to make it into a mainstream film or television series they are, predominantly, cast as the victim or the villain. What concerns me most is the message this sends to young girls, particularly those struggling to come to terms with their sexuality. We emulate what we see and what we’re exposed to. This is a major problem. We hope to contribute to the solution by creating this series. A series that not only offers an alternative to mainstream representations, but also one that is entertaining, emotionally engaging and will appeal to audiences everywhere regardless of gender and sexuality.
Starting From ... How?
The first two seasons of Starting From … Now! were self-funded and relied on cast and crew donating their time and talent. While we would love to be able to do the same with Season 3, this model isn’t sustainable. If we are to make Season 3 of Starting From … Now! we will need your help. All money raised will go directly into the production of Season 3. It will allow us to pay cast and crew, hire film equipment, buy props, pay location fees, provide catering, wardrobe, insurance, and market and promote the series on completion.
If you are able to contribute to this campaign we would not only be eternally grateful, but would like to offer you a gift to thank you for your contribution, as outlined on this page. No donation is too small and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
Julie Kalceff (writer/director)