Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

2019

Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

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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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  • Articulate, reflective and unhesitant about getting personal, McConnell makes for a complicated character study.

    June 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating, vital story told with heart and tenderness.

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

    August 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.

    April 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This vital documentary about a trans man's pregnancy shatters stereotypes along all sorts of vectors, and underscores the fact that however atypical our lives may be, we have more in common than not.

    July 1, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The idea of men giving birth may be sensationalised, politicised, even ridiculed, but there's none of that here - just an intimate portrait of family and friends...

    June 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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