Seahorse

2019

Seahorse

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Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges - he is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society's fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family. He quickly realises that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting - this was not part of his plan. Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him. Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story for the cinema about conception, pregnancy, birth and what makes us who we are.

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  • A fascinating, vital story told with heart and tenderness.

    Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Finlay is alive both to the humdrum and astonishing.

    Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For Finlay... allowing McConnell to use his own words makes sense of a complicated process fraught with contradictions and paradoxes even for those not contending with a total destabilization of their personhood.

    Apr 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay takes a bracingly honest approach, never shying away from anything while remaining sensitive to the nuances of [McConnell] Freddy's situation.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Naturally, the focus remains on Freddy McConnell, although it's also intriguing to note the difficulty that friends and family have in dealing with their own reactions while striving to say the right thing.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Seahorse isn't just about giving birth, it's also about the fear of body dysphoria, how the effects of testosterone can change everything, and being situated within a family with mixed feelings to your personal circumstances. Devastating and uplifting.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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