Paul is the proud father of Charlie. But when he discovers that Charlie is secretly struggling with Gender Dysphoria (born the wrong gender) he begins his own struggle to discover what being a father really means.
While a family prepare for their eldest daughters wedding, the most feminine day of a girls life, a young boy struggles to claim his true identity. Paul is the proud father of Charlie. But when he discovers that Charlie is secretly struggling with Gender Dysphoria (born the wrong gender) he begins his own struggle to discover what being a father really means.
Something Blue is a moving and uplifting film that makes its audience reconsider its attitudes to things outside the accepted norms and rejoice in the pain and beauty of a parent that loves its child unconditionally.
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Something Blue is a wee gem of a film, beautifully shot and directed with remarkable assurance. The story may be fairly simple (though it sets out to challenge expectations nonetheless), but excellent performances make it well worth watching.
Of particular interest is director Fortune’s decision, after an open casting call, to cast her own daughter (Elinor Machen Fortune) as Charlie. The younger Fortune draws on her own experiences of autism to create a sense of disconnectedness about her character that powerfully evokes that experienced by many transsexual people. The central scene of confrontation with her father has real emotional punch as both characters are believable and sympathetic. Peter is a man any parent can identify with, out of his depth and making mistakes but still trying to do the right thing. He’s naturally afraid of what might happen to Charlie in a hostile world, but underlying this is the more general feel that it’s always harder to protect a daughter than a son; and when trouble comes, it has its roots in male attitudes to women as well as in transphobia.
Transgender viewers will welcome this thoughtful film about rites of passage that are still rarely discussed. Other viewers may find it helps them get their heads around a complex issue without ever seeming preachy or dry. It’s an unapologetically emotive film, easy to engage with and beautiful to look at. It bodes very well indeed for the director’s forthcoming move into feature length work.
Official Selection Vegas Film Festival, Boston Film Fest, Oregon Film Fest, Frauen Film Fest, Seattle Translations, Inside Out Toronto, Nominated: Best Short Stoke your fires,Best Midlands Film. Selected for Channel 4 Shooting Gallery.