Quintessential Movies from the Trans* Film Canon You Should Know

*Please note: All language is taken from press releases/movie information/film write ups. Some language may seem problematic. The films are presented to a mass audience with the descriptions below.

  1. Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink) – story of a young MAAB child and her expression 
  2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Transexual punk rocker Hedwig leads us through her life, Eastern Europe, mega-stardom and love in this rock opera
  3. Boys Don’t Cry – biopic about Brandon Teena and the final days of his life
  4. Beautiful Boxer – biopic story of Nong Thoom (born  Parinya Kiatbusaba), a famous kathoey, Muay Thai fighter, actress and model. 
  5. Soldier’s Girl – biopic about Barry Winchell, his relationship with Calpernia Addams, and the events of his fellow soldiers
  6. Breakfast on Pluto – follows the life of Patrick “Kitten” Braden in the fictional Irish town of  Tyrellin in the 1940s
  7. Orlando – based on V. Woolf’s novel of the same name, this film follow the forever young Orlando through life (an all it’s incarnations)
  8. Transamerica – follows Bree as she travels cross-country with her son 
  9. The Adventures of Sebastian Cole – Sebastian returns to the US to reunite with his father after his sexual reassignment surgery 
  10.  20 centímetros (20 Centimeters)– Spanish film following a woman as she works towards surgery to fix her “20 centimeters of problems”

More screencaps from my continuing perusal of Clark Gregg’s oeuvre… This time, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998). Clark plays Hank Rossi, stepfather to Sebastian (Adrian Grenier). The film starts with Hank announcing to his family that he intends to undergo a sex change. The family disintegrates at the news. Daughter Jessica flees with her sketchy boyfriend, and Sebastian and his mother move to England. Before they leave, Hank tells Sebastian he will always have a place to stay… some months later, Sebastian returns, to find Hank living as a woman (Henrietta). Henrietta tries to give Sebastian a stable home…

Clark looks pretty good as Henrietta, but I don’t think the off-the-shoulder look is working for him :’)


Friday Night Double Feature: Brotherhood of the Wolf and The Adventures of Sebastian Cole

Over our long weekend K and I talked about some actors we both like (Vincent Cassel) and actors I like (Adrian Grenier), which reminded me that I haven’t seen either of these completely amazing movies in years.

(And for any Marvel/Coulson fans who haven’t seen Sebastian Cole, Clark Gregg plays a trans woman in the midst of transitioning and is, predictably, fucking great.) 

Update: I just realized that Sebastian Cole’s parents are Blair Waldorf’s parents. Margaret Colin and John Shea should always be fictional parents together, and produce beautiful, fucked up, badass fictional offspring.