SEAHORSE- Follows a Gay Transgender Man Who Decides to Carry His Own Baby

World Premiere - Documentary Competition - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection - 2019 Hot Docs Film Festival

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Freddy with a scan of the baby he is carrying.  Photo by Danny Burrows.

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 realizes 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.

About Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay
Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell small and intimate stories to large audiences, inviting them into Teesside’s last record shop (Sound It Out) or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show (Game Of Thrones).

IN ATTENDANCE AT TRIBECA 2019: Jeanie Finlay (Director), Andrea Cornwell (Producer), Orlando Von Einsiedel (Executive Producer), Charlie Phillips (Executive Producer) Freddy McConnell (Subject)