Cillian Murphy chased down director Neil Jordan in the hope he’d get cast as Kitten in Breakfast on Pluto.
His performance as a transgender foundling searching for love emerged
as one of his standout moments. “I knew Neil was making that film and
that I was the right age. People respond to direct contact
from other artists and other filmmakers. I think people don’t do it
The first list of transgender films with trans women on them. If looking for more stuff to watch, check out my other film tips too.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Boy Meets Girl (2014)
Ricky, a 21-year-old transgender young woman living in Virginia, dreams of becoming a designer in New York.
Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
As a baby, Patrick is left by his mother on the steps of the rectory in their small Irish town. He’s discovered by Father Liam, coincidentally his real father, and placed in an abusive foster home. By the time he’s a teen, Patrick identifies himself as transgendered, renames himself Kitten and sets out for London with a rock group in hopes of finding his mother. Along the way he works variously as a magician’s assistant, a prostitute and a dancer.
The Danish Girl (2015)
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Different for Girls (1996)
Kim Foyle (Steven Mackintosh) is a postoperative transvestite who values her well-structured lifestyle. That routine, however, is disturbed when a car accident reintroduces Kim to Paul Prentice (Rupert Graves). As youngsters in Catholic school, they excelled in making trouble, a talent Paul never outgrew. Paul does not recognize Kim as his childhood pal, and she does not remind him, fearing rejection. However, a budding romance between them is complicated when Paul realizes who Kim used to be.
An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)
The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.
Gun Hill Road (2011)
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual’s relationship with her lover.
My Life in Pink (1997)
Tells the story of Ludovic, a child who is seen by family and community as a boy, but consistently communicates being a girl.
A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Red Without Blue (2007)
The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past.
A Soap (2006)
32 year old Charlotte could have it all, but she doesn’t want it. After moving out of her boyfriend’s apartment, she becomes the upstairs neighbor of Veronica, who is in the process of transitioning from male to female.
Soldier’s Girl (2003)
The true story of Soldier’s Girl, which takes place in Fort Campbell, KY, tells the heart-wrenching story of the life and tragic death of soldier Barry Winchell. His love for Calpernia Addams, a beautiful transgendered nightclub performer was misunderstood by fellow soldiers and eventually leads to his brutal death.
Right in the midst of important changes in her life, Bree Osborne learns that she fathered a son, Toby, 17 years ago. Bailing him out of jail in New York, Bree poses as a Christian missionary. She plans to take Toby to his stepfather’s house, but when she learns that the stepfather sexually abused the boy, Bree brings her son back to Los Angeles with her. As Toby begins to fall for Bree, she must find a way to reveal who she really is.
Feist: I rented The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Breakfast on Pluto the day before you arrived on set. It wasn’t until a month ago that I watched Dark Knight. I was on a flight and I screamed so loud! Cillian: Really? Feist: (laughs) Yeah! You were so scary!
↳ Feist & Cillian on making Kevin Drew’s The Water (Dazed & Confused 2009)