Why we nonetheless love the romantic comedy, a problematic style
Elizabeth Sankey’s debut documentary Romantic Comedy goes deep on gender roles, range, and nostalgia in all of your fave films
Elizabeth Sankey’s debut documentary movie, Romantic Comedy, captures the sophisticated nature of our relationship to the style, notably as one which informs our understanding of what love ought to be like. Conservatism and misogyny lurk beneath the story, the male leads are aggressive and manipulative, the smattering of homosexual characters an amorphous blob of ‘sassy’. However it’s plain that, for many people, these movies possess an unshakeable attraction.
Over clips from classics comparable to Bridget Jones’ Diary and When Harry Met Sally, Sankey’s narration questions how romantic comedies got here to be so missing in range and reliant on gender roles, inspecting her personal deep love of the style within the course of. The undertaking may be very clearly located close to its creator’s coronary heart: Sankey enlists various her friends to contribute their evaluation, a roster of latest critics and creatives together with Simran Hans and Charlie Lyne. She sings the songs from the alt-pop rating that punctuates the documentary collectively along with her bandmate, and husband, Jeremy Warmsley, as Summer time Camp.
Forward of Romantic Comedy’s screening on the BFI, Sankey speaks to Dazed about her emotions on the burgeoning rom-com renaissance, and the private and cinematic influences woven by way of her lovingly-crafted essay movie.