An Interview with Mike Buonaiuto, director of Equal Marriage Film Project

“What do you do when the government says they are going to change the marriage laws in the UK? Those against the idea will of course go to any lengths to let David Cameron know how they feel, while many who support the idea sit back and do nothing, and why shouldn't they? The government has made the commitment to change. However, I would argue that if enough support isn't shown for the consultation then who knows what will happen.

The apathy within the communities that support the equalization of civil marriage is the single driving factor for making the film and why hundreds of talented professionals have helped for free. The film is there to make audiences feel something about the issue, because when people feel something they do something about it.  They don't sit back. They don't do nothing. They share, they support and they take notice.

The project has brought together a team of professionals from all over the world, from LA, to London to Australia. Through Twitter, a passionate idea has become a reality and the voluntary contributions towards the project have been overwhelming. It just goes to show if you have a good idea, that people feel passionate about, everyone from colourists, to actors, to producers to marketers will help you make it a success. Even my parents, brother and 6 year old sister volunteered as extras on the shoot. It means so much to be for them to appear in the film.

One day I would like to marry my partner of almost 5 years and the celebration of our commitment should mean no more or less than any other straight couple. I made the film to promote change and also inspire others to use their to support equality and make history happen, not sit back and passively it.

The shows British forces returning home to greet their loved ones, with the reunion of one soldier and his partner soon turning into a surprise proposal. The film looks to tackle the opposition head on, arguing if all have the right to serve in British military regardless of sexuality, then all should be able celebrate their love and commitment with , free from discrimination.

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The short film stars James Knight, from 's West End (,) and rising screen-star Lew Smart. Please support the project by sharing it with your friends, hashtag # and sign the petition at www.C4EM.org.uk.

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