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Make Out. A Series by Jesse Lizotte

DIRECTED & SHOT BY: JESSE LIZOTTE
PRODUCED BY: KARLA CLARKE & EMMA KALFUS
2ND CAMERA: BJORN JOHNSTON
STYLED BY: KARLA CLARKE & EMMA KALFUS
MAKEUP: VICTORIA BARON
HAIR: KYYE
STYLIST ASSISTANT: NICHHIA WIPPELL
STARRING: PHOEBE & ED, TROY & JASPER, NATALIA & LUCA, EMMA & ANGE, NICO & MAIA
FILM EDITED BY: JAMES BRETTELL @ THE GINGERBREAD MAN
FILM POST PRODUCTION BY: THE GINGERBREAD MAN
MUSIC SUPERVISOR & SOUND DESIGN: GARY SINCLAIR @TACTILE MUSIC
TITLE DESIGN & ART DIRECTION: STEPHANIE HUXLEY

Jasper and Troy wear Prada coats, their own pants, belt, shirts and shoes

Name: Troy Beman Age: 23 Currently live: Bondi Occupation: IT Manager at Camilla Partner: Jasper Bailey Describe yourself: Crazy, ambitious, do’er, passionate Describe your partner: Caring, smart, funny, loving When and how did you meet? January 2018 at DJ Honey Dijon’s Album Launch at Sydney Tower What attracted you to him? His dance moves! What keeps you together? Being a team What is intimacy? Being able to read someone’s emotion and feelings by body language and touch How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? I think you can be intimate without being physical, like a vocal or emotional intimacy can be just as deep Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected / symbiotic? I definitely think symbiotic, the two need to be in unison together Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Fire Favourite part of their body? His Nose Favourite part of them? His Smile. Name: Jasper Age: 21 Currently live: Sydney Occupation: Student Partner: Troy Describe yourself: struggling student and self-professed sucker for romance Describe your partner: DOLLY !!! When and how did you meet? At a Honey Dijon gig in the Sydney Tower early 2018 What attracted you to him? His insistence on getting my number despite just breaking his ankle was very endearing and definitely got the sympathy vote What keeps you together? Our vision for the future What is intimacy? To be uninhibited How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? Important, but not the be-all and end-all. Language and body language are integral parts of what it means to be ‘intimate’ Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected? Love and intimacy are separate, but work along similar lines. You can have love without intimacy and indeed intimacy without love, but together, that’s true love Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Kissing the person you love Favourite part of their body? Neck Favourite part of them? Generosity

Ed wears his own pants, Phoebe wears Prada knitted briefs

Name: Phoebe Madeleine Deskovic Age: 21 Currently live: Woollahra Occupation: Part-time Model/Part-time in Fragrance/Part-time creator Partner: Ed Stirling Cunningham Describe yourself: I struggle to define myself, I find myself changing by the day Describe your partner: He’s the cool, calm and collected to my frantic ways. The yin to my yang. When and how did you meet? We met in university, my very first class. I remember coming home to my mum and immediately telling her about this boy who shut me down during one of the annoying ‘icebreakers’… I guess that passionate dislike turned into love quicker than I could’ve ever imagined What attracted you to him? His passion, his style and his yearning to be more What keeps you together? Our genuine love for one another. We quickly became best friends before we ever were lovers and I think that is the foundation of our relationship What is intimacy? Personally, intimacy is so much deeper than just physical. It’s the feeling of being comfortable being exposed and vulnerable with someone. Showing every part of who you are, the good, the bad, the embarrassing and letting them tear down the walls you so strategically put up How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy?  I think sometimes more can be said with touch than words. It’s instinctual. And it needs no translation Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected? There are so many different kinds and forms of love. I do think that they are connected, but vary from relationship to relationship Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? His lips feel like home. A place which took years to find. Every kiss centres me, and makes me feel like the only thing in the world that matters is the people you love and surround yourself with. Every kiss is total bliss – I’m utterly addicted Favourite part of their body? His hands, the way his eyes scrunch up when he laughs and how our bodies seem to effortlessly fit together Favourite part of them? My favourite part of Ed is his nurturing heart. He’s considerate and is always supportive and motivates me when at times I find it hard to push myself. Name: Ed Cunningham Age: 24 Currently live: Sydney, AUS Occupation: Designer, Creative consultant, Director @ the family business, sometimes bartender and sometimes Photographer Partner: Phoebe Deskovic Describe yourself: A creative from a small town in QLD, long story short! Describe your partner: Phoebe is like my OG she’s the cutest girl in the world When and how did you meet? About 3 and a half years ago in marketing class What attracted you to her? She had an energy about her which I fucked with but I was just super Intrigued, I could tell she wasn’t from here. I also remember at the time she was wearing these black jeans way to well like I couldn’t stop thinking about this blonde girl in the black jeans What keeps you together? Mostly we’re on the same vibe, like mentally too. We both have individual ambitions which I think is important as a young couple What is intimacy? It’s difficult to define. It’s a feeling, like a mindset towards someone. Its interpersonal How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? For me, without psychical connection intimacy doesn’t really exist Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected / symbiotic? For sure though I mean love and intimacy in any relationship is the ultimate right? But I feel it’s not that simple. Definitely within any relationship love and intimacy are connected in a symbiotic way but I feel this progresses from something as simple as a deep biological need. The types of intimacy differ so much between people too which makes the relationship between love and intimacy so complex. So short answer, yes there are connected Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Um shit, that’s a hard one, you should watch the video!! Favourite part of their body? Don’t get it twisted but I’ll be going straight for her booty.

Nico and Maia both in their own clothes

Name: Maia Ihemeje Age: 19 Currently live: Manly Occupation: Model Partner: Nicolas Torres Describe yourself: Open minded and strong willed Describe your partner: Peaceful, generous and caring When and how did you meet? At a party of mutual friends What attracted you to him? His charisma and mindset What keeps you together? Our similar personalities What is intimacy? A lustful connection between two people How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? I’d say it has  large importance, it’s a major part of a relationship Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected / symbiotic? In a  relationship both love and intimacy blend with each other as love is the feeling and intimacy, the action Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? passionate Favourite part of their body? His eyes Favourite part of them? His mindset and open heart to life. Name: Nicolas T Age: 21 Currently live: Northern Beaches, Sydney Occupation: Construction worker Partner: Maia Ihemeje Describe yourself: A really happy person, I always see everything in a positive way Describe your partner: Super lovely and smart girl When and how did you meet? I don’t remember exactly the date, we met at a friends party What attracted you to her? Her honesty and the energy she exuded What keeps you together? Feelings What is intimacy? It’s a connection you have with your partner.

Natalia wears Acne Studios dress, Luca waers his own pants and belt

Name: Natalia Age: 36 Currently live: Sydney Occupation: Photographer Partner: Luca Describe yourself: Sentimental, complicated, dreamer Describe your partner: Kind, warm, beautiful, sensual, funny, fun, tasteful, clever, patient, chill, affectionate, gifted, effortless What attracted you to him/her? His confidence & style What keeps you together? The desire to grow What is intimacy? Closeness How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? Equally important in a romantic relationship as is trust, love and friendship Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy? Within romantic relationships I like to believe there would be both love and intimacy without measure Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Like love Favourite part of their body? His skin Favourite part of them? The sum of all parts. Name: Luca kiripun Age: 22 Currently live: Sydney Occupation: dancer Partner: Natalia Describe yourself: I would say I’m easy going, but quite deep, maybe a bit misunderstood at times Describe your partner: A complex bundle of joy What attracted you to her? Her presence and curiosity, also her eyes What keeps you together? Love What is intimacy? For me intimacy is feeling close to someone you love, knowing they are there How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? As important as mental I think Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy? Intimacy is more of a sexual thing for me, love is everywhere we love many things. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we are sexually drawn to that thing Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Ecstasy Favourite part of their body? Lips and bottom Favourite part of them? Mind

Emma wears her own clothes, Ange wears Miu Miu tank and her own briefs

Name: Angela Yu Age: 23 Currently live: Syd, Australia Occupation: a mix bag of things — artist; sometimes model; professionally in digital marketing Partner: Emma Boseley Describe yourself: I’m probably a pretty stereotypical Capricorn. I’m driven, practical and ambitious but also stubborn Describe your partner: Emma’s incredibly charismatic and charming; and has a heart of gold. She’s genuine and won’t say anything she doesn’t mean and is hell loyal When and how did you meet? We met about 3 years ago. She was a regular customer at a cafe I worked at. I was smitten from the first time I met her — a few months later I built up the courage to ask her out and as they say the rest is history! What attracted you to her? She used to wear a lot of activewear. Her butt looked great in tights What keeps you together? We were actually talking about this the other week and joking said feeling like the same food off Uber Eats (which is partly true). But evidently I think it’s that we have similar ethics — that plus humour! What is intimacy? Intimacy is that warm feeling like a belly full of soup — like a hug from the inside. Its when you can confide in them but also openly tell them a list of junk food you had today and trust them not to judge How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? Physical connection is inevitable but it’s not a necessity. Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected / symbiotic ? You’d hope that love and intimacy were connected. Symbiotic, definitely. I think if you’re in love, intimacy is the warm gooey centre of a lava cake. It’s the mvp Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Lucky. Her lips are soft and warm and fit mine like a puzzle piece Favourite part of their body? Her eyes. They’re my favourite colour — Payne’s Grey Favourite part of them? How patient and understanding she is. Name: Emma Boseley Age: 29 Currently live: Petersham, Sydney Occupation: Fashion Designer Partner: Angela Yu Describe yourself: Fun loving, creative, humorous Describe your partner: Loving creative, forever the sweetest person I’ve ever met When and how did you meet? At Ange’s work – I used to go in as a customer and I was instantly attracted to her, it was so nice to feel such a natural reaction to someone in person as I feel it’s harder with so many apps these days. One thing led to another you could say… What attracted you to her? Her look, style and sense of humour, I don’t have a particular ‘type’ I just value how strong attraction is and can be. It was very strong with Ange What keeps you together? Common interests, the power of love, humour and laughter and our dogs What is intimacy? Doesn’t have to be physical all the time, for me it’s the feeling of being so close to someone through connection whether that’s emotionally, spiritually coupled with physical touch. How important is physical connection to your idea of intimacy? It definitely helps to keep the flame alive but I don’t think it’s always solely about ‘physical connection’ Can you talk a bit about the relationship between love and intimacy whether the two are connected? I don’t believe you can have one without the other in a relationship with your girlfriend, boyfriend or partner Can you please describe what it feels like to kiss your partner? Soft, loving, natural Favourite part of their body? Face and hands Favourite part of them? Positivity and sense of humour, Ange and I spend 50% of the time having a lol which I think helps keep a relationship feeling light and fun. She also keeps me feeling more positive and confident about situations then I ever could.