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Just discovered that somebody has posted the 1996 film Different For Girls on YouTube. I encourage everybody to watch it before it gets taken down! It's a film that very rarely comes on TV, and hasn't been available to buy for years (it only had a fairly limited release, and second hand copies tend to go for silly money). It's about a transgender woman who falls in love with an old schoolfriend, who knew her before her transition, and how they gradually build a relationship. Rupert Graves plays the boyfriend, trying to figure out what, if anything, falling in love with a transwoman means for his masculinity and heterosexuality, and Steven Mackintosh is the woman. There was some debate at the time whether it was right to have a man in that role, but it works, and he does a great job. Unusual subject for a film, and worth giving a go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImRUTmktzF4

Doesn't seem to have been posted in particularly high res, but better than nothing.

Disclaimer: Haven't seen it in years! But I do remember it as being well done, and a good exploration of the reality outside gender and sexuality binaries.

Here endeth my five minutes of usefulness.

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jekesta
Jun. 9th, 2013 09:48 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'd never seen this and really enjoyed it. I think it was handled pretty well although I might easily have missed things. What I loved most was that the end of it was partly about her feeling confident enough in being a woman to be able to wear leathers and ride a bike without worrying that it was too masculine, that's like a proper . . . I'm struggling with words, but it's like a growth for her that wasn't just about getting a man and being happy about that and making it actually all about the guy. Like I know he helped her get to that place, but it came across in a really nice way like what was important was all the things he helped her to be, not just 'she has a man, that is a woman's goal, end of story'. Also their dancing together was fabulous.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 9th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's quite pleasingly unfaily. I do recall that some were disappointed at the casting of a man in the central role, I suppose because she still looked so manly, but then that's kind of the point, I think. She's worried about fitting in, and I think it works better to have a man playing that part. He's not the most chunky and macho looking bloke around, which makes him a good choice.
jekesta
Jun. 10th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
I can totally understand that her being played by a man is issuey, but in the end I thought it was good, although a transwoman actor would be preferable there presumably aren't many to choose from. He did play it really well, and I think like you say, it helped with showing her not quite fitting in, and there wasn't any time in it where you thought of her as a man.
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