Monday, June 5, 2023

Neighbours star Georgie Stone’s heartwarming documentary set for Perth premiere

Georgie Stone

Georgie Stone didn’t have many role models to look up to when she was growing up, but now she is an inspiration to many.

She was the first transgender person to ever be cast in Neighbours, and now the actor is prepared to share her nearly two-decade experience with her fans and others.

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone is a documentary that Stone characterised to AAA as a “coming-of-age” tale that demonstrates her transformation from a weak lady regaining control over her life, story, and body to a powerful woman.

She said, “I really just wanted to get my story out there, be able to express it in a respectable way, and hopefully people will take something away from it.

My mother and I had done a lot of lobbying, and the media had told our story, but we never really had influence over how it was portrayed, she said. “When the story started to take shape, the crucial thing was having control over it,” she said.

“And then it developed this type of nonlinear structure as we were editing. We introduced the concept of dreams, memories, and the “dream life,” which also became a major theme.

Stone expressed her wish that the film would both inform and represent others just like her.

In her words, “the landscape is quite sparse in terms of trans rep growing up and a lot of the stereotypes that were very prevalent were that trans women grew up to be sex workers or in prison, and I couldn’t see a future for myself that was outside of that and that was very frightening as a young person.”

“So it connects back to what we’re doing with the movie — the idea of the ideal life, having a future you can be thrilled about and that they will have the ability to build for themselves,” the director said.

This weekend, only two evenings of The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone will be shown at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.


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