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NFSA Livestream: Man Into Woman: The Transsexual Experience

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The little-seen first documentary about Australian trans lives + online panel discussion

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NFSA LIVESTREAM: MAN INTO WOMAN: THE TRANSSEXUAL EXPERIENCE

THU 12 NOV | 6PM |Your home| Free 1983 | 15+| 120 mins | D: John Ruane

Man into Woman is the first documentary about Australian trans lives. Given only a limited release in 1983, it has never been shown since – until now.

Filmed in Sydney in 1981, the film unusually seeks to provide a voice for trans woman and men of the time, in contrast with the sensational viewpoints that were a feature of most reportage of the period.

Man into Woman features eight interviews with trans women and men, interspersed with the views of ‘authority’ as represented by figures like the then Attorney-General of NSW Frank Walker. The film was a turning point in the Australian media for understanding the complexity and diversity of the trans experience.

The NFSA is proud to have this film in our collection and we have digitised the 16mm print to be able to share it with a wider audience.

Following the live stream of the film there will be a panel discussion with director John Ruane and documentary subject Chanelle Saint-Laurent, moderated by NFSA Curator Nick Henderson.

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