Monday, July 29, 2013

Hollywood Life: ‘First Comes Love’: An Honest Portrayal Of Single Motherhood

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Jul 29th 2013, 14:00, by Eleanore Hutch

All parents should watch Nina Davenport’s fascinating documentary of her journey to become a mother, and how it is hard and rewarding in equal measures to be a single parent.

Following her hit documentary Always A Bridesmaid, Nina Davenport has stepped back behind the camera and is debuting her brand new documentary First Comes Love on HBO on July 29. got an exclusive first look at the poignant and stark documentary, and we can testify that it is a must watch.

‘First Comes Love’: HBO Documentary Is A Must-See

The documentary shows Nina film around six years of her life, where she decides to have a child on her own. This stark and completely honest film shows 41-year-old Nina decide she is sick of the New York dating scene, and decide that she wants to have a child on her own.

Nina enlists the help of her gay friend Eric to be the sperm donor, while her friend Amy volunteers to be her birthing partner. After one round of IVF Nina is pregnant, and that is where this documentary becomes extremely interesting.

Nina gets both support and judgement from her family, and you see her face the challenges of being a single mother-to-be in New York City, and it does not look easy. Not only that, Nina shows that dating while pregnant is possible!

This is a truly eye opening documentary, and Nina does shy away from any of the gritty details of how hard and trying it is to be a single mother in the city. (Warning for the faint hearted: the birth scene is truly graphic.)

Throughout the film, Nina meets three or four other women who are in the same situation, and you can really see that being a single parent when you are in your early forties is so hard.

My only critique of this documentary is that there was not enough focus on these other women, because it really broadened the general concept and message of First Comes Love, and that while choosing to be a single parent is so hard, it is also so rewarding.

First Comes Love airs on HBO on July 29 at 9pm EST.

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Will you be watching Nina’s documentary?

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– Eleanore Hutch

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