Photo: Manuel Vazquez

Photo: Manuel Vazquez

One trans man’s pioneering quest to fulfil an age-old desire: to start his own family. The is the story of the dad who gave birth.

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.

SEAHORSE: THE DAD WHO GAVE BIRTH is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING) and produced by Andrea Cornwell (SAINT MAUD; APOSTASY), Jeanie Finlay and Oscar-winning Grain Media (THE WHITE HELMETS; VIRUNGA).

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Festivals

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World Premiere: Documentary Competition. Tribeca Film Festival

Tickets: 27 April, 28 April, May 02

Canadian Premiere: Hotdocs

Tickets: 30 April, May 01

West Coast Premiere: QDoc, Portland, OR

Tickets: 04 May, 3:30PM4

2019. 89 Mins. Documentary
BBC Storyville presents a Grain Media production in association with Glimmer Films and The Guardian

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ORIGINAL SCORE - Tara Creme

Full Soundtrack Listing

INTRO - SORRY - Saint Saviour

LET IT GO - Saint Saviour

JAMES - Saint Saviour

GALERIE - A Winged Victory For The Sullen

SUITE NO.2, BMV 1008 - JS Bach

KOOKS - David Bowie


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