The Gender Centre will host its inaugural transgender film festival this Saturday, February 20.
Moving from the very personal accounts of Unravelling Michelle, and She’s A Boy I Knew, a Canadian piece documenting the transition of Gwen Haworth and the effect it had on her friends and family, to the wider implications of the Comptons Cafeteria Riots, a series of uprisings which happened three years before Stonewall, which provide the focus for Screaming Queens.
Francophones and foreign film lovers will get a treat from L’Ordre des Mots, a subtitled piece exploring the repression faced by trans and intersex communities. And audiences wishing to learn more about one of the most publicised trans-murder cases in the United States may be interested to see Trained in the Ways of Men, a recounting of the murder of Gwen Araujo and the subsequent trial of her killers.
The film festival is a first for the Gender Centre, and will be hosted in conjunction with the Inner City Legal Centre. Organisers are hoping the event will encourage local filmmakers to create and submit their own trans-based films.
info: The Sydney Transgender Film Festival is on Saturday, February 20, at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, from 11am. For a full list of screenings visit www.gendercentre.org.au or call 9569 2366.