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Becoming Colleen

Director: Ian Thomson

Australia | Documentary | Trans | M | 68 MINS | Australia | 2018


Filmed in the sea spray of the beautiful NSW coastal town Coffs Harbour, documentary filmmaker Ian Thomson introduces us to former police officer Colleen. An 85-year-old with a luminous smile, a sparky sense of humour and an impressive collection of high-heel shoes, she transitioned late in life, relocating to an aged-care facility, but not before broaching the subject with loving wife Heather. As family and friends readjust to her new (to them) identity with a little help from a local counsellor, it becomes a heart-warming story of community spirit. Proudly embracing gender diversity, we’re reminded that it’s not just the big cities that are moving towards a bright new Australian future of openness and understanding.

Audience Award, Screenwave International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Mardi Gras Film Festival


Screens with the short Grandmother and Me, Dir: Kat Cole, USA, 2018, 7 mins

Join us after the screening for a special Q&A with director Ian Thomson, Dr Catherine Barrett, Rowena Bianchino, and Director of Celebrate Ageing and transgender business woman Sandra Pankhurst, whose amazing life was captured in the award winning book The Trauma Cleaner.


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