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27 December 2010

Some Events of the year 2010: Part 4–Visual media

Part 2: Persons
Part 4: Visual media
Part 6: Books


Anita Ayres appears pre and post in Caitlin Cronenberg’s book of nude photographs.

Carry Fonder, from Ann Arbor and in Mumbai, has modified a motor rickshaw in line with her ideas of hijras, but emphasized their male origins. Orientalism.

Malcolm Hutcheson's exhibition, Angelcopiers, recent photographs of Pakistani hijras, was held in Islamabad in May.

Jonathan Katz co-curated Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. House Republican Leader John Boehner and the Catholic League objected and achieved a partial censorship.

Rick Nahmias' book of photographs, Golden States of Grace, Prayers of the Disinherited, contains a few trans persons.

Taryn Pimento and Margo Foster photographed 110 dykes and trans women, and exhibited them at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.

Marc Quinn's sculptures based on Buck Angel, Allanah Starr and Thomas Beatie.

Tobaron Waxman, first trans artist to be exhibited in a major Jewish museum.


Alice Liu, top Taiwanese model, outed by ex-schoolmate.

Andrej Pejic, Bosnian male model being promoted for his androgynous looks.

Kenyan-Canadian Model Biko Beauttah voted best-dressed actress at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lea T model in Givenchy ads.

Television & Radio

Becoming Miles. US NPR.

Chaanthupottu,India, dance and musical programmes, featuring about 40 transgenders selected from different parts of Kerala.

Conveyor Belt of Love, US ABC. One of the 30 men trying to impress any of five women is trans performance artist, Scott Schofield.

Coronation Street, UK ITV, Julie Hesmondhalgh as Hayley Patterson, a permanent trans character in the soap opera since 1998, married her longtime lover. First trans marriage in a soap opera.
Degrassi, US TeenNick, with Jordan Todosey as Adam.

Glee, US Fox, redid Rocky Horror but 'transsexual Transylvania' became 'sensational Transylvania', and Frank N. Furter was played by a woman.

Global Perspective, CA CBC: Middle C, soprano singer Tristan Whistan becomes male and his voice changes.

Happy Boys, China Hunan TV, featured Liu Zhu.

Hollyoaks, UK Channel 4, featured Victoria Allen as Jasmine who wants to become Jason.

Hjernevask (Brainwashing) Norway, in its last episode featured Viktor, born male in South America, adopted and raised female in Norway, changed back after 16.

Jersey Shore, US MTV, has a character hitting on a woman who might be a 'tranny'.

30 Rock, US NBC, features Will Forte as Paul, a female impersonator, and John Lutz as J.D. Lutz and also as J.D.'s mother.

Transform Me, US VH1, fashion makeover show featured trans as well as cis women.


See the trailers etc here, here and here.

The usual mixture: documentaries, camp, trash, high art, life and fantasy.

Anahita. With Saman Arastu. Iran 2010. Saman's first male role after transition, albeit only a cameo.

Baby Jane? William Clift (dir & scr), with Matthew Martin as Baby Jane and J. Conrad Frank as Blanche. US 95 mins 2009. A drag parody of the 1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. IMDB.

Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling . James Rasin (dir & scr). With Candy Darling, Penny Arcade, Jayne County, Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis, Jane Fonda, Lou Reed, Valerie Solanis, Andy Warhol. US 85 mins 2010. IMDB.

La bocca del lupo. Pietro Marcello (dir & scr). From the novel by Remigio Zena. Italy 79 mins 2009. Mary and Enzo in love in prison and then in Genoa. Top Prize at the Turin Film Festival. 2 prizes at the Berlin Film Festival. IMDB. Mary was not trans in the novel.

Changing House. Z.A. Martohardjono (dir). With Rusty Mae Moore, Chelsea Godwin and Sylvia Rivera. US 18 mins 2009.

Diagnosing Difference. Annalise Ophelian (dir). With Susan Stryker, Dylan Scholinski and others. US 2010.

En el cuerpo equivocado (In the Wrong body). Marilyn Solaya (dir). With Mavi Sussel. Cuba 52 mins 2010. Mavi was the first Cuban to surgically transition.

The Extra Man. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (dir & scr). From the novel by Jonathan Ames, with Paul Dano as Louis and Kevin Kline as Henry. US 2010. The trans content is toned down from the book. IMDB.

Her Name was Steven. David Timko (dir). With Susan Stanton. US CNN 2010.

Insects in the Backyard. Tanwarin Sukkapisit (dir). Thailand 2010. Both film and trailer banned by the Office of Cultural promotion. The director is katoey. A trans father whose son and daughter both become sex workers.

Lady Daddy. Seong-il Cheon (scr). With Lee Na-young as Ji-Hyeon. S. Korea 113 mins 2010. A trans-woman is disconcerted when a young boy claims that she is his father. IMDB.

Let Me In. Matt Reeves (dir & scr). With Chloe Moretz as Abby. UK/US 116 mins 2010. IMDB. Based on Låt den rätte komma in. Tomas Alfredson (dir) John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel & scr). With Lina Lanndersson as Eli. Sweden 115 mins 2008. IMDB. The remake tones down the fact that the vampire Eli/Abby was previously a boy, and the female actor is less plausible as a boy.

The Lies of Liberty. Robyn Garner (dir). Mongolia 2010. Available on YouTube Part1.

Meu Amigo Claudia. Dácio Pinheiro (dir). With Claudia Wonder. Brazil 86 mins 2009. IMDB.

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. Phoebe Hart (dir). Australia 2010. IMDB.

Quanto Dura o Amor?/Paulista. Roberto Moreira (dir & scr). With Maria Spinelli as Suzana. Brazil 83 mins 2009. IMDB. A trans actress plays a trans lawyer in love. Best actress award from the Paulinea Film Festival.

Peacock. Michael Lander (dir). Scr: Michael Lander & Ryan O. Ray, with Cillian Murphy as John and Emma Skillpa, and Susan Sarandon as Fanny Crill. US 90 mins 2010. IMDB. A bank clerk and his mysterious wife whom no one has ever met.

Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. Madsen Minax & Simon Strikeback (dir). With The Cliks, Novice Theory, Coyote Grace, The Degenerettes, Trannysaurus Sex and The Shondes. US 97 Mins 2010. IMDB.

Schoolboy To Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story. Alexandra Silets (scr). With Alexandra Billings, narrated by Cin Salach,. US 30 mins 2010.

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. James Kent (dir). Scr: Jane English with Maxine Peake as Anne Lister. UK BBC 90 mins 2010. IMDB. A central figure in the butch/trans border wars. Also read the section on Lister in Halberstam's Female Masculinity.

Stonewall Uprising. Kate Davis & David Heilbroner (dir). US 80 mins 2010. IMDB.

Switch: A Community in Transition. Brooks Nelson (dir). US 52 mins 2009. IMDB. Concentrates on the impact that Nelson's transition has on other people.

The Tempest. Julie Taymor (dir & scr). Play by William Shakespeare. With Helen Mirren as Prospera. US 110 mins 2010. IMDB. Gender reversal casting of the lead.

Teslimiyet (Other Angels). Emre Yalgin (dir & scr). Turkey 2010. 4 trans women in Istanbul.

The Thank You Girls. Charliebebs Gohetia (dir & scr) with Jeff Salonga as Allyson, Pidot Villocino as Mommy Paola, July Jimenez as Bernadette. Philippines 2008. Constantly losing in beauty contest in their city, five young travesties and their elder gay manager travel to the province hoping to win other contests.

Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives. Israel Luna (dir & scr) US 90 mins 2010. IMDB.

To Die Like a Man. João Pedro Rodrigues (dir) with Fernando Santos as Tonia Portugal/France 133 min 2009. IMDB. A trans woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. She dies tragically before this is accomplished and her male identity is engraved on her headstone.

Trans Francisco. Glenn Davis (dir). Tiffany Woods (producer), with Tiffany Woods. US 54 mins 2010. IMDB.

Trinidad. Jay Hodges & PJ Raval (dir). With Stanley Biber and Marci Bowers. US 2008. This is of course now somewhat dated in that Marci has left Trinidad.

El ultimo verano de la boyita. Julia Solomonoff (dir & scr). With Guadalupe Alonso as Jorgelina and Nicolás Treise as Mario. Argentina/Spain/France 93 mins 2009. IMDB. Jorgelina discovers that her friend Mario is intersex and helps him keep his secret.

XXWhy. B. Manjula (dir), with Sree Nandu. India 2008. A typeical transgender in Kerela.


Albert Nobbs. Rodrigo Garcia (scr). Glenn Close & John Banville (scr), based on the novella by George Moore. With Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs. Ireland 2011. IMDB. A trans man in 19th century Dublin.

A Graça e a Glória. With Carolina Ferraz. Brazil 2011. The Brazilian star plays a travestie.

Dalam Botol. Khir Rahman (dir). With Arja Lee as Ruby. Malaysia 90 mins 2011. Rubin becomes Ruby for her lover, but he then leaves her. IMDB.

Horrorween. Joe Estevez (dir). Scr: Ed Meyer, Mike Muscat, Judd Rubin, with Alice Cooper, Enza Anderson. US 2011. IMDB.

I Was a Tranny Werewolf. Lola Rock’N’Rolla (dir & scr), with The Lady Bunny, Mistress Formika. US 10 mins 2009. IMDB.

J. Edgar. Clint Eastwood (dir), Dustin Lance Black (scr). With Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson. US 2012. Early word is that there will no scenes of Hoover in drag. IMDB.
Narthaki. Vijayapadma (dir). With Kalki Subramanaian and Punnagai Poo Geetha. India 2011.


The Ah kua show, based on Leani Lo's autobiography, Singapore and then the New York International Fringe Festival.

Memoirs of a Hermaphrodite. Denise Evans (dir), Sarah Leaver (scr) with Sarah Leaver as Herculin Barbin. Oval House Theatre, London, and then the Malborough Theatre, Brighton.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert- the musical, directed by Simon Philips, in Toronto,

The Prodigal. Sheila O'Bannon (scr). How the O'Bannon family used love to accept their daughter. A musical. The Kentucky Center, Louisville, Kentucky.

The Silicone Diaries with Nina Arsenault, directed by Brendan Healy, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto.

Waiting for Godot – A Tale of Two Trans Women, by Samuel Becket, directed by Kimmy Kiew, at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC). Becket and his estate have always objected to this play being performed by women!

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