Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny

Two bunnies spark a relationship based on mad passion and lust. Before they know it, the passion gives way to complacent co-habitation and pragmatic partnership.

Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny follows our furry couple’s journey to rekindle their passion and the lessons they learn about themselves along the way.

Creative team

Writer/director: Gabrielle Zilkha
Producers: Jenn Mason, Gabrielle Zilkha

Filmmaker’s statement

It’s a journey most of us are familiar with. One that starts with lust, passion, intense love and joy and eventually peters down the road of routine, familiarity and day-to-day banalities. Once flirtatious and sexually-charged exchanges give way to grocery list reminders and ‘honey, do you have to chew like that?’-type requests.

But what happens when a couple of bunnies, who started off their relationship shagging like, well, bunnies find themselves in the same bind?

Through Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny my intent was to show that relationships are not about reaching some end goal: the perfect marriage, the perfect sex life, the perfect retirement, etc.

Relationships are the journey – not the result. That journey is full of obstacles and rewards so the best you can hope for is that you’ve got a good partner along for the journey. Because, after all, even bunnies can’t f*ck like bunnies forever!

From role play to sex toys to sex therapy, the roller coaster sexploration these bunnies endure is exciting, thrilling, humiliating, exhausting and, at times, quite touching.

In the end, the bunnies face a reality that many longtime lovers confront at one point or another in their relationship: that while something might get lost over the years together something else, equally important, grows in its place.

About Gabrielle Zilkha

Gabrielle Zilkha

Gabrielle Zilkha is an award-winning film director and producer with experience in scripted, documentary, multi-media and interactive storytelling.

Raised in a funny and neurotic family from Montreal, Gabrielle’s approach to writing and directing combines humour, fearless imagination and insightful commentary about the world we live in.

Her films and transmedia projects have been screened and exhibited around the globe and covered by media outlets such as CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, TO Grid and Canadian Jewish News as well as popular digital publications like Indiewire and After Ellen.

Gabrielle’s career has always married creativity, humour and a healthy dose of social responsibility.

In 2009 she co-founded The Spotlight Project, a production company that produces arts and entertainment tied to a social mission. With The Spotlight Project, Gabrielle produced, directed and wrote the unique interactive documentary video installation, I Worry, in 2011 which received acclaim from local critics and journalists.

Part social experiment, part documentary film, I Worry asked a cross-section of 100 people in Toronto to list the five things they worry about most. The film examined the responses for themes and insights and connected the personal act of worrying with larger social, political, economic and philosophical dilemmas of our times.

Gabrielle is in post-production on a feature-length documentary about the Jewish community in Ghana, West Africa entitled From the Four Corners of the Earth which will be aired on VisionTV in fall 2015.

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