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The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

The world’s most dynamic trans-kid activist as she grows into a woman.

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Impact areas

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Maya Newell & Georgie Stone

  • PRODUCER Matthew Bate / Lisa Sherrard

Synopsis

DURATION: 20 MINUTES

Filmed over 10 years, DREAMLIFE is a 20 minute short that leads us into the elliptical memories of Georgie Stone, one of the world’s most dynamic trans-kid activists, as she changes laws, affirms her gender and for the first time, gains control of her own story.

Georgie is a pioneer of a new generation in trans-history. From the age of nine she led a legal, media and personal battle to change Australian laws so that she, and every other trans-kid, had the choice to live as their true gender. If her first 18 years are any indication of her future, we have no doubt that Georgie’s life will be an incredible story to witness, learn from and tell.

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36.96% funded
  • $230,000.00

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  • $85,000.00

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  • June 2022

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Issue Summary

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.

We see the film being used to advocate to ensure the Australian school system is safe for transkids, gender diverse children and their families. As exemplified by the Safe Schools debacle and ‘Gender Whispering’ comments from our current Prime Minister, this is still a contested space and needs active strategy and campaign partners to lead in awareness raising, policy change as well as practical support for principals willing to make classrooms and playgrounds secure and safe learning environments for trans and gender diverse children.

Impact

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 and her mothers’ transkid support Group, Transcend. We will target key policy change, and through this evocative and compelling story ee will build a minds and hearts campaign to encrouage wider Australian society to better understand the challenges and triumphs of trans and gender diverse young people who are fighting to have what cis gendered people take for granted.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Short-term:
Increased audiences awareness and understanding of the transkid/teen experience.

Medium Term
Make schools a safer place for transgender and gender-diverse students.

Long Term
Work to ensure there are leading gender services and professional available to support and treat trans young people in every state and territory in Australia. Significant public understanding and acceptance of transkids and gender diverse children and their needs to affirm their true gender identity.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Maya has been filming with Georgie intermittently for five 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 on the film, and we will also create 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 and her mother Rebecca (TRANSCEND) to identify the community groups, peak bodies and government connections we should be working with as we near completion of the film.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

1. Donate (funding, skills) to our core partner organisation, 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.

We will also be able to count the dollars raised for Transcend support group and the Gender Centre at Melbourne Children’s Hospital.

In terms of policy, we can set direct targets for legislative change that are easily measurable.

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