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The new Australian documentary The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone will celebrate festival screenings at Sydney Film Festival and Revelation Perth International Film Festival ahead of a national Netflix release in September with an accompanying impact campaign by Transcend Australia.
The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone is directed by Maya Newell. The film is produced by Closer Productions’ Sophie Hyde, Matthew Bate, Lisa Sherrard and Maya Newell. Georgie Stone is the Creative Producer.
Spanning nineteen years, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone tells the story of Georgie, an Australian transgender teen as she helps change laws, affirm her gender, finds her voice and emerges into adulthood.
Told through intimately accessed footage as well as a trove of beautiful home-shot video, it is a portrait of a remarkable life told as a study in memory, glimpsing significant moments of joy, triumph and adversity.
“For me, this film is about taking the power back. To have agency over my story, for the first time in my life, has been such an empowering experience,” says Georgie.
‘In Dreamlife, I want to portray my journey from a kid who felt so isolated and alone, to a young woman who is finally asserting control over her life, her body, her story. I want to show people the importance of a supportive family, and what that can do for a trans person. I want people to see the trans experience as not black-and-white, but nuanced and multi-faceted. It’s lonely and difficult, but also euphoric and beautiful too. There are times we want it to all go away, and times we are so proud to be ourselves we could explode! And most of all, I want other trans people to see that they have a future.”
Made in collaboration with Georgie herself, it is the story of a childhood under siege and a loving family who stood strong behind their daughter, offering a strong case for the agency of transgender children and teenagers to make their own decisions about their gender identity. As Georgie emerges into adulthood, she can finally imagine, hope and dream of her future self.
“I am thrilled to be launching this powerful story of strength and love especially after the election results which show a clear embrace of diversity and care,” says Newell who audiences will remember from the director’s previous films Growing up Gayby, Gayby Baby and most recently, In My Blood It Runs.
“After 6 years of this collaborative partnership with Georgie, we are proud to finally share Georgie’s story with audiences at the Sydney Festival, Tribeca and then globally on Netflix. I know that people are going to learn so much from Georgie and her family as I have and I am excited about the conversations we will be able to lead that celebrate transgender people in all their brilliance and diversity across the world.”
You can find out more about the Sydney Film Festival screenings here.
You can find out more about the Revelation Perth International Film Festival screenings here.
You can find out more about the film here.