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28 December 2012

Some Events of the year 2012: Part 9 - Art, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema

Part 1: Organizations, Equal marriage.
Part 2: Other Legislation.
Part 3: Persons.
Part 4: Spouses, Family, Kids.
Part 5: Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.
Part 6: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment, Nemeses, Internet.
Part 7: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Obituaries.
Part 8: Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music, Dance & Performance.
Part 9: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
Part 10:  Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies.
Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.



The National Portrait Gallery has discovered that a painting they bought recently is not of the 18th-century cis-lady they thought that it was, but of the Chevalier d’Éon.

Trans Egeria. Paris 2011, Montreal 2012. Frédéric Fontan. Partial financing by Quebec government, sponsored by ATQ.

Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche. International Center of Photography, New York. May 18-September 2, 2012. Trans women Paris 1960s. There is an associated book.

Samantha Box: Invisible Youth. Photographs taken at Sylvia's Place in Manhatten of homeless GLBT youths.

Zachary Drucker, New York artist.



Accused. Episode 2.1 BBC “Tracie’s Story” . Sean Bean as Simon Gaskell / Tracie Tremarco. The tough-guy actor as a transvestite. IMDB. Newsarticle.

American Transgender. Leslie Schwerin (dir & scr).National Geographic Channel, May 1 2012. Newsarticle.

Amra Tomadery, a reality show for hijra on ATN Bangla.

"Paris Lees on BBC Breakfast". BBC, 13 Feb 2012, with Paris Lees and Livvy.

Cake Boss hired Carmen Carrera (ex-RuPaul's Drag Race) but only used her to flirt with a man who did not know and then fled in homo-panic. Carmen later objected vehemently.

Il commissario Montalbano. Episode 8.2 (RAI) 2.10 (BBC) “La danza del gabbiano (The Gull’s Dance)” Morgana Gargiulo as Giovanna Lonero. Entire. Two suspect are connected via Giovanna. BlogArticle.

Embarassing Bodies, 5,14. With Adele Deane, Philip Thomas, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Jeremy Clarke, Colorectal Surgeon . Channel 4 12 March 2012.

Enchanted Garden. With BB Gandanghari as a person with different genders in different dimensions. Philippines TV5 2012. BB Gandanghari's first major role since transition in 2009. Newsarticle.

Fatal Vows. Episode 1,3. "Secrets of a Dying Man". Investigation Discovery,
December 1, 2012. Angelo Heddington and Elizabeth Rudavsky. Entire.

Hit and Miss. Paul Abbott (creator) Sean Conway (scr) with Chloë Sevigny as Mia. UK Sky Atlantic 2012. A transsexual contract killer who discovers she has a child with her former lover. Newsarticle. Wikipedia.

Indonesia's Transsexual Muslims, with Maryani, Hannah Brooks. Vice, 7 Aug 2012. Entire.

Mother Truckers. UK Channel 4 9 Feb 2012. With lorry driver Vikki-Marie Gaynor and 4 cis women drivers. Newsarticle.

My Big Decision. Channel V, India, with Gazal Dhaliwal. Newsarticle.

My Dad is a Woman. Kim Duke (dir) with Jane Fae, Michelle and Phil Thomas, urological surgeon. ITV 45 mins 1 March 2012. Newsarticle.

The Real Housewives of Miami. Bravo Episode 2.11, Lauren Foster joined the fun. US Bravo 2012.

Ria: Diary of a Teenage Transsexual. Channel 4 12 June 2012. Documentary about life in Hull. Newsarticle, another.

Sons of Anarchy. Episode 5.5 “Orca Shrugged” Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam. US FX 2012. Newsarticle.

A Transgender Life: Path To Personal Happiness. WUSA, Feb 14, 2012. With Consuella Lopez. Video & transcript Followup.

Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen. Dab Murdoch (dir)With Jackie Green. BBC 3 57 mins 28 November 2012. Entire. Newsarticle on Jackie's mum. Newsarticle on Jackie.

Work It. Produced and written by Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen, with Ben Koldyke as Lee Standish & Amaury Nolasco as Angel Ortiz. US ABC 2012. A comedy based on the old-fashioned premiss of two cis men disguising as women to find work. Many GLBT groups complained about the insensitivity, critics panned it, and it was cancelled after 2 episodes.

50 Faggots. Randell Jensen (dir). Newsarticle. Trailer.


New electronic posters will scan your face to decide your gender and then show an appropriate advert.

Not a good year for sensitivity:

Libra Tampons in New Zealand. Comment.

Meteor WiFi in Ireland TENI complained to the Advertising Standards for Ireland which upheld the complaint.

Paddy Power bookmakers in UK & Ireland: Beaumont Society was consulted in advance, but the script that they saw was not the final version. BS did suggest that 'transgendered ladies' was better than 'transvestites'. Trans media Watch referred the advert to Clearcast who responded: “Clearcast has approved an ad for Paddy Power featuring references to transgendered people. Ads cannot be approved if they are felt likely to cause widespread general offence. In this case Clearcast took the view that the humour, while not to everyone’s taste, fell short of causing such offence. In reaching this view, Clearcast took into account the fact that the advertiser had sought a view from the Beaumont Society (a body run by and for those who cross dress or are transsexual) which did not find the script idea offensive. We regret any offence that may have been caused by this Paddy Power ad.” Research by Jane Fae.

Samsung Galaxy Tab in Israel:
Toyota in Japan

Proposition 5 in Alaska. and

On the other hand, this marriage equality advert in Australia won an international broadcast design award.

Then there are the Bearded Lady Bourbon adverts in Australia:


Adult Video News Awards finally agreed that the Best Transsexual Performer award will be featured on the same stage as the other awards.

Madison Montag nominated Transsexual Performer of the Year.


Aladdin: A Dream Come True at London's O2, 7/12/12-5/1/13. Lily Savage as Widow Twanky.

Boy in a Dress. Lajohn Joseph. 2012. Ovalhousetheatre. Newsarticle.

The Gospel According To Jesus Queen of Heaven. Jo Clifford. At the Brighton Pink Fringe.

Sex, Chips and The Holy Ghost. Jo Clifford. Opening play of 2012 “Play, Pie and a Pint” season at Oran Mor, Glasgow.

Tiffany’s Cabaret Show from Thailand, allowed to appear in Singapore. It was refused twice in 1980s because of ‘sensitive content’.

Torch Song Trilogy Revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London., directed by Douglas Hodge, with David Bedella as Arnold, and Sara Kesteleman as his mother.

TrAnnie – the Musical. Sydney Opera House, 6-23 December 2012. With Trevor Ashley, directed by Craig Ilott. Controversy. Trailer. Renamed to TrAshley at the last moment.

Transactivation. ONE national Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, March 1,2012. With Heather Cassils, Zachary Drucker, Wu Tsang & Chris Vargas.

Director Phyllida Lloyd wants gender-blind casting to be legally required. She directed an all-female version of Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar at the Donmar Warehouse.

History of the Pantomime Dame. Presented by Michael Grade, with Berwick Kaler, BBC 4 19 December 2012 UK. Newsarticle.
  • Jo Clifford. "The Gospel According To Jesus Queen of Heaven. A personal history of a controversial play” in Ian Rivers & Richard Ward (eds). Out of the Ordinary: Representations of LGBT Lives. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pub, 2012. (Jo performing is also featured on the cover).


Juliet Jacques. “Should trans screen roles be played by trans actors?”. The Guardian, 14 Jan 2012.

Zagria. “A partial list of trans women (and one man) playing trans in the movies.”

Kalki, writer, filmmaker and activist based in Chennai. She had played the heroine in the Tamil movie Narthaki, which highlighted the problems of transgenders.

Lana Wachowski put an end to rumors by appearing as herself in promotions for Cloud Atlas. She received the HRC's Visability award.

Ni'Erica Brooks, actress.

Ardhanari. Santhosh Sowparnika (dir) with Manoj K Jayan as Vinayan. India, in Malayalam 2012. Trailer. Newsarticle. A film abour hijras and kothis.

Common gender. Norman Robin (dir) Bangladesh 2012. Trailer. Newsarticle. Newsarticle. A love affair between a transgender person and a Hindu boy. A surprise hit in Bangladesh.

Crossing Over. Isabel Castro (dir) with Francis Murillo, Brenda Gonzalez and Abigail Madariaga. US, in Spanish 2012. Trailer. Newsarticle. Three Mexican trans women in Los Angeles filing for political asylum.

Facing Mirrors. Negar Azarbayjani (dir) with Shayesteh Irani as Adineh. Iran 98 mins 2011. Trailer. IMDB. Newsarticle. Best Performance at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Special Mention at the Molodist International Film Festival; Best First Feature at the Frameline Film Festival. A woman taxi driver and a trans man make a journey together.

I Am a Woman Now. Michiel van Erp (dir) with April Ashley, Marie-Pierre Pruvot, Colette Berends, Jean Lessenich, Corinne van Tongerloo. Netherlands 80 mins 2011. IMDB. Trailer. Review. The first generation of transsexuals who had their sex change in Casablanca back in the mid-1950s to 1960s take stock of their lives.

La Identidad de Justicia: Mujeres Trans en Cochabamba. Lucas Waldron (dir) Bolivia 14 mins 2012. BlogArticle. Full movie.

It Gets Better. Tanwarin Sukkhapisit (dir) with Nuntika Khampiranon as Tonlew and Penpak Sirikul as Saitan. Thailand 2012. The audience award at the closing of the first Hua Hin International Film Festival. IMDB. Newsarticle. Trailer. By the director of Insects in the Backyard. Saitan, a post-transsexual takes a holiday in the north; Tonlew is the driver at a Ladyboy club.

I Stand Corrected. Andrea Meyerson (dir), with Jennifer Leitham. US 2012. Trailer. Newsarticle. A profile of the jazz bassist.

Frankie Go Boom. Jordan Roberts (dir & scr) with Ron Perlman as Phyllis. US 2012. Trailer. Phyllis is a former inmate, now post-op. Review.

Kelly, James Stenson (dir). US 50 mins 2011. A documentary portrait of a troubled and struggling rural transgender teen in Los Angeles. Director interview. IMDB. Official Selection 2012 Slamdance Festival.

Go With Flo. Cary T. Cronenwett (dir), with Cary T. Cronenwett and Flo McGarrell. US 20 mins 2012. A profile of the sculptor.

He/She/He. Jill Peters (dir) . Newsarticle. Trailer. About the sworn virgins of Albania.

K-11. Jules Mann-Stewart (dir & scr), With Kate del Castillo as Mousey, Portia Doubleday as Butterfly. US 2012. IMDB. Trailer. Prison drama about the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail .

En kongelig affære. Nikolaj Arcel (dir), Rasmus Heisterberg & Nikolaj Arcel (scr) based on the novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth, with Alicia Vikander as Caroline Mathilde Oldenburg, Mikkel Følsgaard as Christian Oldenburg and Mads Mikkelsen as Johann Struensee. Denmark 137 mins 2012. Caroline’s cross dressing is minimized. IMDB. Trailer.

Laurence Anyways. Xavier Dolan (dir & scr) with Melvil Poupard as Laurence, Suzanne Clément as Fred. Quebec 168 mins 2012. A literature teacher transitions. IMDB. Trailer. Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress and the Queer Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Laurence is a unisex name in French. Review.

Mayamohini. Jos Thomas (dir) with Dileep as Mayamohini. India 162 mins 2012. IMDB. Trailer. Full film. An abandoned husband hires a women to pass as his wife, who turns out to be a fugitive after evil businessmen killed his parents.

Musical Chairs. Susan Seidelman (dir), Marty Madden (scr) with Lavern Cox as Chantelle and Hedda Lettuce as Drag Queen 1. US 102 mins 2011. IMDB. Trailer. Ballroom dancing in New York. Review.

Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson. Michael Kasino (dir) with Marsha P Johnson. US 55 mins 2012. IMDB. Full Film.

Radio Wars. Sandra Mohr (dir) with Martine Rothblatt. IMDB. Trailer. Webpage.

Trans. Chris Arnold (dir), with Christine McGinn, Jamison Green, Masen Davis, Kim Pearson and others. US 2012. IMDB. Trailer. Newsarticle. Review.

Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic In the Tenderloin. Mark Freeman & Nathaniel Walters-Koh (dir), with Veronica Klaus. US 2012. IMDB. Trailer. Webpage.

The Weight. Jeon Kyu-hwan (dir) with Park Ji-a as Dong-bae, and Jo Jae-hyun as Jung. Korea 2012. IMDB. Trailer. Queer Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. A hunchback funeral-home worker with a transsexual step sibling.

What A Drag. John Petti (dir) with Selena Hoe-Mez and Krystal Caring. Canada 8 mins 2012. Ottawa's drag scene. "They may not believe they're gay or feel they are gay but they are accepted, so they kind of latch on to doing drag so they can be the woman they want to be. And some of them move forward and get the breast implants and take the hormones. " Entire.

Zenne Dancer. Caner Alper & Mehmet Binay (dir) with Kerem Can as Can. Turkey 99 mins 2012. IMDB. Trailer. Newsarticle. Best First film at the Antalya Orange Film Festival; Best International Feature and Best Supporting Actor at FilmOut San Diego. A father murders his gay son. A secondary character is Can, a male female belly dancer.


Danny La Rue biography film announced. 

Dallas Buyers Club. Jean-Marc Vallée (dir) with Jared Leto as Rayon. US 2013. IMDB. In 1986 the AIDS drugs that worked were not legally available in the US. Newsarticle.

I Am Divine. Jeffrey Schwarz (dir) with Divine, John Waters, Holly Woodlawn,. US 2013. IMDB. Trailer.

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