Spanning the last 20 years, DREAMLIFE is a 25-minute short film that reveals the elliptical memories of Georgie Stone, a trans-kid activist from Melbourne, as she changes laws, affirms her gender and gains control of her body and her story.
The film is being made in collaboration with Georgie, who is a writer and EP on the project, and the film team. This, like Maya’s (Gayby Baby, In My Blood It Runs) previous films, this will be an ‘impact documentary’ with the intention of using the film once completed as a tool in a campaign for social change driven by Georgie and her chosen sector advisors.
BEHIND THE SCENES
BEHIND THE SCENES
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Dreamlife will be a call to action for the new generation of Transkids who now have the legal precedent to access the treatment they need, but are still shunned, questioned and confronted by widely acceptable transphobia in their daily lives.
The associated campaign will be led by Georgie and so needs proper strategy development once we have made the film. On speculation the film could be used 1; by organisations working in LGBTIQ+ education to advocate for safe learning environments for trans and gender diverse children in schools. As exemplified by the Safe Schools debacle, this is still a contested space and needs ongoing active strategy and campaigning 2; policy change and legislative change 3; to reduce transphobia across Australia and internationally in a hearts and minds screening campaign with Q&A events. Overall, the film could be used to uplift trans affirming organisations that have fought these battles for decades and shine a light on their incredible work.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Dreamlife is still in production but aims to develop a comprehensive strategy driven by Georgie herself. We will target key policy change, and through this evocative and compelling story we will build a minds and hearts campaign to encourage wider Australian society to better understand the challenges and triumphs of trans and gender diverse young people.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
All impact work needs to be led by Georgie, but some outcomes could include.
Increased audiences awareness and understanding of the transkid/teen experience.
Make schools a safer place for transgender and gender-diverse students.
Work to ensure there are leading gender services and professionally available to support and treat trans and gender diverse young people in every state and territory in Australia. Significant public understanding and acceptance of trans kids and gender diverse children and their needs to affirm their gender identity.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
Targeted community/stakeholder and parliamentary screenings and panel discussions offering space for young trans and gender diverse youth to speak and share experiences.
Develop and distribute an education guide and PD resources in partnership with trans and gender diverse community organisations and edu online platforms.
Mass public awareness campaign via mainstream media that dovetails with impact objectives.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Maya has been filming with Georgie intermittently for 6 years. This time has been crucial for building relationships with the family, and the trust to film with the intimacy and access required to offset the ‘sensational’ news footage already circulating on Georgie. Georgie is a writer and EP on the film, and aim to have a trans advisory committee to oversee the story structure and messaging to ensure the film speaks strongly to the community represented.
We will work with Georgie to identify the community groups, peak bodies and government connections we should be working with as we near completion of the film.
We have the support of Screen Australia who have offered development and production funding.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
Some actions could include - again depending on the larger strategy developed on completion of the film.
1. Donate (funding, skills) to our core partner organisations, Transcend and Gender Services at Melbourne Children's Hospital.
2. Promote the film via social media.
3. Commit to hosting a screening of the film and panel event.
4. Sign petition (for the current legal battle/ policy change target)
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
‘Awareness’ and reduction of transphobia are challenging to measure, but we will note the media mentions, and articles written on the film during release. The number of festivals and resulting international acclaim will also be part of the awareness raising target. Also the number of cinema and community screenings events held.
In terms of policy, we can set direct targets for legislative change that are easily measurable.