Airdate: The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone
"I want to portray my journey from a kid who felt so isolated and alone, to a young woman who is finally asserting control over her life, her body, her story."
In September, Netflix will premiere documentary The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone, which tells the story of Georgie, an Australian transgender teen as she helps change laws, affirm her gender, finds her voice and emerges into adulthood.
The film on Stone, who featured in Neighbours, is directed by Maya Newell produced by Closer Productions Sophie Hyde, Matthew Bate, Lisa Sherrard and Maya Newell. Georgie Stone is the Creative Producer.
This follows the film’s world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on 9 June.
Georgie Stone said: “For me, this film is about taking the power back. To have agency over my story, for the first time in my life, has been such an empowering experience. In Dreamlife, I want to portray my journey from a kid who felt so isolated and alone, to a young woman who is finally asserting control over her life, her body, her story. I want to show people the importance of a supportive family, and what that can do for a trans person. I want people to see the trans experience as not black-and-white, but nuanced and multi-faceted. It’s lonely and difficult, but also euphoric and beautiful too. There are times we want it to all go away, and times we are so proud to be ourselves we could explode! And most of all, I want other trans people to see that they have a future.”
Director May Newell said: “I am thrilled to be launching this powerful story of strength and love especially after the election results which show a clear embrace of diversity and care. After six years of this collaborative partnership with Georgie, we are proud to finally share Georgie’s story with audiences globally on Netflix. I know that people are going to learn so much from Georgie and her family as I have, and I am excited about the conversations we will be able to lead celebrating transgender people in all their brilliance and diversity across the world.”
The screening will be accompanied by an impact campaign by The Unquiet Collective in partnership with Transcend Australia.
Told through intimately accessed footage as well as a trove of beautiful home-shot video, it is a portrait of a remarkable life told as a study in memory, glimpsing significant moments of joy, triumph and adversity.
Made in collaboration with Georgie herself, it is the story of a childhood under siege and a loving family who stood strong behind their daughter, offering a strong case for the agency of transgender children and teenagers to make their own decisions about their gender identity. As Georgie emerges into adulthood, she can finally imagine, hope and dream of her future self.
The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone is financed with the assistance of Documentary Australia and Netflix and received production funding from Screen Australia.
Maya Newell is a director and impact producer. Her films, including Growing up Gayby (ABC 2013), Gayby Baby (SFF 2015) and most recently, In My Blood It Runs (Hot Docs 2019), have screened at many festivals internationally.
Thursday 22nd September on Netflix.