"Charming, funny and insightful throughout"
DATE: 11 Mar 2017
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Director Shaleece Haas
Bennett Wallace, Suzy Wallace, Joe Stevens
Run Time 72min
A son’s transition. A mom’s transformation.
Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.
Filmed over four years, Real Boy follows the evolution of Bennett's relationship with his mother Suzy, who has deep misgivings about his transition.
As Suzy struggles to come to terms with his decision, Bennett is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons. Through observational storytelling that is alternately poignant and humorous, Real Boy explores the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and chosen.
Awards & Screenings
Frameline Film Festival 2016 - Audience Award: Best Documentary; TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival - Best Documentary 2016; Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Audience Award; Oslo/Fusion (Norway) - Queer Youth Jury Prize; Giffoni Film Festival (Italy) – Best Documentary; BFI Flare