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The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

A young trans woman has fought to be herself, now she has a chance to dream into her future.

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Impact areas

ARTS

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Maya Newell & Georgie Stone

  • PRODUCER Matthew Bate / Lisa Sherrard / Sophie Hyde / Maya Newell

Synopsis

DURATION: 29 MINUTES

Spanning nineteen years, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone draws us into the elliptical memories of Georgie, an Australian transgender teen, as she helps change laws, affirms her gender and finds her voice. Made in collaboration with Georgie herself, this is the story of a childhood under siege and a loving family who stood strong behind their daughter, offering an undeniable case for the agency of transgender children and teenagers to make their own decisions about their gender identity. As Georgie emerges into adulthood, she can finally imagine, hope and dream of her future self.

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Donations

Igniting Change $10,000.00
The Aurora Group Trust $7,500.00
Virgin Unite $10,000.00
Igniting Change $20,000.00
River Capital Foundation $2,500.00
The Modara Pines Charitable Foundation $2,500.00
Emma Cotton/Starfall $20,000.00
Mamoma Foundation $5,000.00
The Snow Foundation $15,000.00
Offline Donation Screen Australia $85,000.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

We are in the process of building an impact campaign led by Unquiet Collective with Georgie, her family, Transcend Australia and other community partners to tackle these goals:
Celebrate trans, gender diverse and non-binary young people
Centre and raise the voices of trans, gender diverse and non-binary youth in the debates that are about them and impact them
Tackle transphobia by sharing the film widely
Increase understanding and compassion for the issues trans, gender diverse and non-binary young adults face
Request more information about the impact campaign by contacting us at [email protected]

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. 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.

Outcomes

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.

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 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 including access to healthcare.

Activities

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.

Stakeholders

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.