Powerful story of 85-year-old transgender woman wins award

Powerful story of 85-year-old transgender woman wins award

A documentary exploring the life of an 85-year-old transgender woman won the Audience Award at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival this weekend.

Becoming Colleen: Finding the Shoe that Fits, produced and directed by Ian Thomson, follows Colleen as she settles in to a retirement village.

She is worried that the Christian-run home will force her to live her life as a man.

Colleen tells the story of her romance with her late wife, Heather. She explains how, with Heather’s support, she went transitioned from Colin to Colleen.

At night, Heather would dress Colleen in her shoes and skirts and they would take to the deserted streets of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

It also explores Colleen’s long-held fascination with shoes and shows Colleen contemplating traveling to Thailand for full gender affirmation surgery.

Thomson thanked the Queerscreen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival for the support.

‘I personally deeply appreciate the support that Queerscreen gives to filmmakers telling stories about marginalised people that often do not make the mainstream media’ he said, according to Out in Perth.

‘As a culture it is important that we tell and share a broad range of our experiences, lives, loves and struggles with the broader community in order to create awareness and celebrate the diversity that is inherent in our society’.

Ian Thomson took home the same award in 2014. His documentary Out in the Lineup explored homosexuality in surf culture.

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Author: Rik Glauert