dir. Jeanie Finlay / UK / 2019 / 90 min. / Polish premiere
Director: Jeanie Finlay
Screenplay: Jeanie Finlay
Cinematography: Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Richard Jephcote
Editing: Alice Powell
Sound: Pip Norton
Music: Tara Creme
Producers: Andrea Cornwell, Jeanie Finlay
Production: Grain Media in association with Glimmer Films and The Guardian
World sales: Submarine Entertainment, Grain Media (festivals)
Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society's fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family. He quickly realises that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting; this was not part of his plan. Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.
Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story for the cinema about conception, pregnancy, birth and what makes us who we are.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Tribeca Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs Toronto, MIX Copenhagen, Frameline, Chicago International Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Screenwave International Film Festival, Cinema Eye Honours Award, British Independent Film Awards (nomination for Best Documentary)
Jeanie Finlay is one of Great Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell intimate stories to international audiences, whether inviting them behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop in her home town (“Sound It Out”), to share the extraordinary journey of a British transgender man, pregnant with his child (“Seahorse”) or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show (Emmy nominated “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch”). Her films, although varied in subject matter, are all made with the same steel and heart, sharing an empathetic approach to bringing overlooked and untold stories to the screen. In 2008 she set up Glimmer Films to develop and deliver ambitious, engaging documentary works, made in the region for an international audience.