Film/TV

Movies about intersex people and issues.

Celebrating intersex firsts on TV

Amanda Saenz and Bailey De young

The MTV series “Faking It” is smashing records when it comes to intersex representation in the media. Historically, fictional TV and film representations have typically presented intersex people as either murderers, medical dilemmas or a prop for malicious rumours. Accurate and positive representations are rare, so Faking It marks a very significant shift, and we’d…
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Movie: ‘Both’ by Lisset Barcellos available on Vimeo

Both (2005)

The movie “Both” (2005) by filmmaker Lisset Barcellos is well worth watching, and the full length movie is now available on Vimeo. Haunted by memories of her long-dead brother, a stunt double living in San Francisco discovers her sexual identity is a tissue of lies created by her parents and doctors. 86 minutes. Important: this…
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Movie: XXXY (2000)

XXXY is a short, 13 minute movie by Porter Gale and Laleh Soomekh, then students at Stanford University Department of Art and Art History, and released in 2000. The full movie can be watched via Vimeo.
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Intersexion returns: 24 February (Syd), 17 March (Mel)

Intersexion returns: 24 February (Syd), 17 March (Mel)

Intersexion returns for a screening at Dendy Newtown as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival on Sunday 24 February at 5pm, and a first screening in Melbourne at the ACMI Studio as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival on Sunday 17 March at 12pm. The two previous public screenings in Sydney have both…
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“Intersexion” Sydney screening and Q&A with Mani Mitchell

Intersexion screened at the Red Rattler Theatre last Tuesday to a capacity crowd. We’d like to extend our thanks to our screening partners, the venue, and the amazing Mani Mitchell for the ability to show the movie, and for the Q&A session afterwards.

Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Maxx Ginnane’s documentary on Caster Semanya aired on SBS Australia this evening, and is still available on demand for 15 days. The documentary tracks the difficult time leading up to a decision by the IAAF on whether she could run again after she was suspended once her sex was called into question. It’s an excellent…
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Orchids: Chris Somers xxy interviewed

Chris in Orchids

Chris Somers xxy, Vice President of OII Australia, features in this video segment from Orchids: My Intersex Adventure, via a nice piece by Anna North on Buzzfeed via the Huffington Post. Hart was diagnosed with androgen insensitivity syndrome — in which the body is chromosomally male but doesn’t respond to testosterone… In the film, she…
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Intersexion wins awards at first big screen showing

Intersexion wins awards at first big screen showing

The full documentary version of Intersexion has won two awards at its first showing on the big screen. Intersexion won ‘Best NZ Documentary’ and ‘Best Editing’ at the Documentary Edge festival currently taking place in Auckland and Wellington. The people behind the movie, Grant Lahood, Mani Mitchell and John Keir, have told interviewees: The reaction…
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NZ Herald: Mani Mitchell on being intersex

NZ Herald: Mani Mitchell on being intersex

In anticipation of the first showing of a full documentary version of Intersexion, Mani Mitchell has been interviewed by the New Zealand Herald. It’s a great piece, which shows Mani’s humanity as well as Mani’s own perspective on surgery, one that is shared by very many intersex people: She remembers being eight-years-old and going in…
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“SPORK”: how to normalize intersex

“SPORK”: how to normalize intersex

Here’s a positive example of normalisation: a director who writes an intersex character successfully and in a positive way, in a comedy movie. Spork – from the North American equivalent of the Splayd, “not a spoon, not a fork, but both, a Spork” – is lead character in an “age-old coming of age tale of fitting in…
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Intersex documentary “Intersexion” to screen in New Zealand

Intersex documentary “Intersexion” to screen in New Zealand

A number of intersex people around the world were interviewed by New Zealand film director Grant Lahood for his documentary Intersexion including a member of OII Australia, Gina Wilson. We welcome TV One’s commissioning of this film and are grateful to Mr Lahood for creating it in collaboration with Mani Mitchell of Wellington, New Zealand….
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