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Documentary Competition

World Premiere

UK | 89 MINUTES | English |


Documentary, LGBTQIA
Tribeca alum Jeanie Finlay’s (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King) new documentary thoughtfully chronicles a transgender man’s path to parenthood. Spirited and self-possessed, Freddy McConnell dreams of raising a child in his hometown of Deal, England. With ample support from his mom and his potential co-parent, C.J., he decides to carry the baby to term himself. At first, McConnell views pregnancy as a practical choice, but once he stops taking testosterone, it prompts an unexpected reckoning with his relationship to masculinity and gender presentation. Feeling as though he’s slipping away from his own body, Freddy navigates steep clinic bills, conversational micro-aggressions, and familial strain. Yet, his resolve to start a family never wavers.

Finlay rides sidecar with McConnell as an incisive observer and conversation partner, and crafts a compassionate portrait of an extraordinary journey, in which the word fatherhood comes to embody so much more than the normative sum of its parts.

—Dan Hunt


Directed by Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell small and intimate stories to international audiences, whether inviting them behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop (Sound It Out), to share the extraordinary journey of a British transgender man pregnant with his child (Seahorse), or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show (Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch). Seahorse is her eighth feature film.
Jeanie Finlay
Andrea Cornwell, Jeanie Finlay
Jeanie Finlay
Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Richard Jephcote
Tara Creme
Alice Powell
Executive Producer
Orlando Von Einsiedel, Charlie Phillips, Mandy Chang
Music Supervisor
Graham Langley
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Pip Norton
Freddy McConnell, Esme Chilton, CJ Bruce


International Sales Contact
Ben Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Print Source
Jeanie Finlay
Glimmer Films
Nottingham, NG1 3AL
US Sales Contact
Ben Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Press Contact
David Magdael
David Magdael & Associates
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827