Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but this poses unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but he was unprepared for the reality of pregnancy, both physically and challenging society's fundamental understanding of gender and family. To him what feels pragmatic, to others feels confronting; this was not part of his plan. Against a backdrop of hostility towards trans people, he is forced to confront his naivety.
Made with unprecedented access and collaboration between Freddy and acclaimed filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (Game of Thrones: The Last Watch), Seahorse is an audacious and lyrical story about what makes us who we are.
For this special Reclaim the Frame screening – held in association with Leeds Queer Film Festival – the star of the film Freddy will be joining us for a live Q&A, alongside the film's director Jeanie Finlay.
They will be accompanied on stage by Dr Ruth Pearce, a trans health researcher in the School of Sociology and Social Policy (University of Leeds), who currently looking at trans men and non-binary people’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. And West Yorkshire based Yuval Topper-Erez, who was the first trans man to give birth in Israel.
The discussion will be chaired by BAFTA-nominated producer and Director-At-Large of Birds’ Eye View, Mia Bays.
Reclaim The Frame is a Birds’ Eye View project, backed by the BFI, bringing ever-greater audiences to films both written and directed by women.