One of 2015’s most important films, though so deft in style that it’s never “Worthy”.
A parent’s FTM transition provides a backdrop, but James (formerly Jane) is never defeatist or self-loathing. Instead, we have a quietly confident character who understands himself, knows what he wants and how to go about it.
Less so daughter Billie, relegated to seeing her former mother every Tuesday and experiencing her own complex, honest sexual awakening.
Structured and edited brilliantly, each sequence a snapshot, perfectly and concisely crafted – this could be twice the length and still remain engaging. A most assured debut from all involved.
Well-drawn and well-acted, this microbudget Australian pic deserves to be seen by everyone. Genuine and realistic, this is empathetic without kowtowing to overwrought trans tragedy: Adelaide Buyers Club this ain’t.
CAST: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Beau Travis-Williams, Mario Späte, Imogen Archer
DIRECTOR: Sophie Hyde
WRITERS: Matthew Cormack, Sophie Hyde
SYNOPSIS: 16-year-old Billie (Cobham-Hervey)’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother (Herbert-Jane) reveals plans to gender transition, and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.