Trans* films at Fringe!

Posted on Sat 14 Nov by AlexK / transgender, Brazil, QTIPOC, Trans, Film, Documentary, JT Leroy

by Bamboo Hermann

It’s been an absolute pleasure to help select films with trans related content for this year’s Fringe! Film Fest. It hasn’t been an easy task to choose from the great range of films submitted, each with their distinct voices. We’ve made sure the films shown this year reflect the growing diversity of trans experiences shown on film around the globe. Here is our top five:

Game Face

Fallon Fox, a transgender lesbian MMA fighter, stands out as an awe-inspiring leading figure in the struggle for the acceptance of both transgender and gay athletes in the sports world. A true hero in an out of the ring.
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Saturday 28 Nov, 8pm

The Cult of JT Leroy

Ethically charged, controversial, and confusing, JT’s life and death springs open a Pandora’s box of powerful questions about literature, celebrity, and the exploitation of queer identities in contemporary culture. Mind-boggling.
Rose Lipman Building, Saturday 28 Nov, 3pm

Meanwhile in Beirut

An intimate documentary shows domestic scenes of love, friendship, and sex work in the life of a transgender escort in contemporary Beirut. An honest insight into the hardships (and joys!...) a human being behind the shemale fantasy.
Rose Lipman Building, Sunday 29 Nov, 4pm

Kumu Hina

This heart-warming story of a transgender Hawai’ian native spiritual leader, a Mahu “people of the middle”, offers an inspiring non-binary take on gender from a non-western perspective.
Grant Arts Centre, Friday 27 Nov, 8pm and Rose Lipman Building, Sunday 29 Nov, 2pm

Favela Gay

A joyful glimpse into what it is like to be queer in contemporary Rio’s poorest neighborhoods. A great diversity of trans people portrayed, university students, street prostitutes, born-again evangelist christians… with their respective struggles for acceptance in the daily grind of the favelas.
Genesis Cinema, Thursday 26 Nov, 9pm

Also don't miss the many trans* short films in our shorts programmes, they're all free to attend.