Article Title:True to life Transamerica?
Author or Credit:Joanne Clarke
Published on:15th January 2009 - 08:34 am
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Text:TranSister Radio's Joanne Clark Transamerica plays on TV2 this Monday, but is it an accurate depiction of a trans journey? Chch transgender broadcaster Joanne Clarke takes a look. Transamerica shows us the journey of a trans woman working towards her surgery when a week out she receives a phone call from a son she never knew she had. He is in trouble with the law and she unwillingly goes to help before her therapist will release the paperwork for her surgery. It is sort of a Trans, road trip, buddy, love story kinda movie. And it works. "This is the voice I want to use" repeats Bree, a post-op transsexual trying to create a more feminine voice. Transamerica is one of those rare movies that doesn't sensationalise the trans journey. We see a trans woman dealing with the cards she has been dealt, from the dysfunctional relationship with her dominant mother, to someone learning who they are. Bree is convincingly played by Felicity Huffman (Lynette from Desperate Housewives). Those first shots of her remind me of a number of transwomen, early in their transition, I have known over the years. There is a loneliness and discomfort about being in her own skin that you can see in her walk. Road trip: Kevin Zegers is on TV2 at 8:30pm on Monday 19 January. The movie's trailer is shown below. And you can catch our reviewer Joanne Clarke on TranSister Radio, Tuesdays at 10pm on Christchurch's PlainsFM 96.9. Joanne Clarke - 15th January 2009    
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