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Georgie Girl Film – 2001 Documentary LGBT

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Georgina Beyer was the first transgendered person in the world to be elected to national office. This internationally lauded documentary, by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells, tells the story of Beyer's extraordinary and inspiring journey from sex worker to Member of Parliament for rural Wairarapa and handshakes with the Queen. Born George Bertrand, Georgina grew up on a Taranaki farm, before spreading her wings on the Auckland cabaret circuit. Subsequent events led her to the town of Carterton, where she became involved in local body, and then national, politics.

The idea for the documentary came to me in part because of Geogina's remarkable life story and personal charisma, but also because of the unlikely alliance between a conservative, rural electorate and a transgendered person of Maori descent who had been a sex-worker and drug user. It made me reflect on my personal preconceptions of rural communities, and perhaps revisit some of my own prejudices. Of course, Georgina won by a wide margin and became the first transsexual to be voted into national office in the world. Although I knew the film would be popular in New Zealand, I hoped that her 'world-first' status could spark international interest and indeed, it has done so.
- Annie Goldson, in a 2003 interview for the film's PBS (US) screening

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Occasional

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The copyright for this title is held by Occassional Productions Ltd.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air, Television New Zealand and the Soros Documentary Fund of the Open Society Institute. In association with SBS Australia and the University of Auckland School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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The DVD can be purchased from Occasional Productions. Email sales@op.co.nz

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