Award-winning filmmaker Brianne Nord-Stewart is thrilled to announce the release of her new web series, The Dangers of Online Dating, this Fall.
Paula (Paula Burrows – Motive, The Killing), with a fear of casual sex consequences, who delves into the world of online dating after a year of sexual abstinence. With the help of her roommate Molly (Stacy Mahieux – Complexity), Paula finds a slew of seemingly respectable men to join her for new adventures. Alexandre (Byron Noble – Fargo), Paula’s very particular best friend, is the ‘voice of reason’, pushing her closer to the kinky and farther from the average dating rules.
The Dangers of Online Dating was created, written, directed, and produced by Edmonton-born/Vancouver-based Brianne Nord-Stewart, who has found her niche in creating intelligent and awkward comedies about sex.
I asked her about the project and what inspired her and if the character will explore a lesbian date.
What prompted this project?
When I started, I felt I needed to keep creating and directing, and a webseries I had the resources to shoot was the answer. That and my friend convinced me that I had to make use of these very undesirable online dating disasters I was experiencing.
Are all the dates based on true stories you have gathered?
I am sure they are true for somebody, or a version of them are. In season 1, I was definitely inspired by my own experiences, but I took creative liberties in pushing the characters and circumstances even closer to the edge. Season 2 is more of the grand ‘what if’ scenarios that we wanted to test Paula with.
Will Alexandre ever convince her to explore a lesbian date?
She definitely has some sparks with non-male co-stars in season two!
How did you come to choose Paula’s profession?
My sister is a nurse who works in a women’s sexual health clinic and we have had many a conversation about the ins and outs of safe sex, and a lot of the misconceptions people have surrounding sexual health. I also was inspired by the idea of setting the story in a free LGBTQ+ clinic like the Bute Street Clinic off Davie Street in Vancouver. Somewhere that is inclusive to everyone, and has a diverse revolving door of patients and staff, along with a community outreach program where Paula could instruct, but ultimately learn some things along the way as well.
Will Paula ever find the right person or do you think this series can last years?
I think this series can last a lifetime. Even if Paula found “the one” – which I doubt she will – I would probably send him or her away to a far off land and Paula would then embark on long distance dating and the trials that come with having a Skype relationship with your loved one, and the possibility of exposing an open or non-monogamous relationship. I also want to see more of Alexandre and Molly’s lives, and ideally bring Paula’s mother or siblings not the mix to really get the tension going!
The Dangers of Online Dating launches online on YouTube on November 23. A new episode will be released each week.
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David C Jones