Set to be a highlight of Rialto Channel’s Pride Nights (Sky Channel 39), “The Surrogate” emerges as a compelling narrative that delves deep into the complexities of modern family constructs.

Featuring the remarkable Jasmine Batchelor as Jess, alongside Chris Perfetti and Sullivan Jones as Josh and Aaron, respectively, it portrays a story rich in moral quandaries and the essence of human connection.

In this groundbreaking drama, Jess, a web designer with a heart full of generosity, decides to become a surrogate for her best friend Josh and his husband Aaron, creating a new family dynamic that challenges traditional boundaries. However, their well-intentioned pact is put to the test when a prenatal diagnosis reveals the baby will likely have Down’s syndrome. The news triggers a cascade of conflicting emotions and ethical dilemmas, putting their relationships and beliefs under intense scrutiny.


In his directorial debut, Jeremy Hersh masterfully navigates through themes of love, loyalty, and the pursuit of happiness in an unpredictable world. His storytelling is raw and real, inviting the audience to engage with each character’s journey through their trials and tribulations. The performances are a testament to the actors’ ability to convey deep emotional narratives, making “The Surrogate” a standout piece that echoes the complexities of contemporary life.

As part of Rialto Channel’s Pride Nights, “The Surrogate” not only celebrates LGBTQIA+ stories but also pushes the conversation forward on what it means to be a family in today’s society. It’s a film that challenges viewers to reflect on their own perceptions of normalcy, privilege, and the lengths to which we go for the ones we love.

This film is a must-watch for anyone interested in the evolving landscape of family dynamics, offering a poignant look at the decisions we make and the unforeseen challenges we face. “The Surrogate” promises to be an unforgettable addition to this year’s Pride Nights, showcasing the power of cinema to explore the depths of human emotion and the unbreakable bonds that define us.

Join Rialto Channel this February for a heartfelt celebration of Pride, promising memorable nights filled with stories that resonate long after the credits roll.