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Georgie Girl

Film (Full Length) – 2001

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

Already a hit on gay-fest circuit, Georgie Girl is a natural sale to pubcasters everywhere. Pic’s gently amused tone, like that of its subject, should have no trouble disarming skeptical or even reactionary auds.
– Variety review by Ken Eisner, 6 January 2003


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