The Baby Formula (2009)
Director : Alison Reid
Cast : Angela Vint, Megan Fahlenbock, Rosemary Dunsmore, Matt Baram
Release Year : 2008
Athena and Lilith are two women in love who are about to make history by having the first baby born to two biological mothers and no father.
The couple wants a biological child of their own so badly that they use an experimental scientific process to make “female sperm” from Lilith’s stem cells. The process was developed as a fertility treatment in a lab where Athena works. It has been successful in mice, but has never been tried in humans. When the process works and Athena becomes pregnant with Lilith’s baby, the two are thrilled. However, some rules were broken, and they must keep what they’ve done a secret. Tension builds when Lilith becomes jealous and uses the same method to get pregnant behind Athena’s back. Adding to the turmoil is Athena’s brother, Larry who claims to be the father of Lilith’s baby. To prove him wrong, the couple is forced to divulge the truth of their experimental conceptions to their families. Pregnant with humour and unexpected twists, the family meeting results in a collision of differing views.
Athena’s religious right-wing mother Wanda wavers between total denial and going through the roof. Her father Karl seems dumbfounded. Grandma Kate accepts the news with quips of humour, wisdom and love. Lilith’s gay alcoholic parents, Daniel and Edward, are ready to be granddads but have their own troubles to face.
While everyone sits back to digest the surprising news of the pregnant couple, Karl makes an announcement that sends the family meeting into a tailspin. The trauma that results brings life’s blessings into perspective and acts as a catalyst for change and growth. What begins as a story of advancements in science, THE BABY FORMULA ultimately ends in a tale of love, acceptance and family.