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Film with trans character wins Tropfest, causes furore

Film with trans character wins Tropfest, causes furore

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 09 December 2013 11:46 Written by // Cec Busby

Former Tropfest finalist and the inaugural Nikon DSLR film winner, Matt Hardie, has taken out the top gong at the 22nd Tropfest event at Centennial Park for his rom com with a twist, Bamboozled.

Hardie’s film sees his protagonist Pete reunited with an old flame, Helen, who has transitioned to become Harry. A night on the booze reliving old times leads to unexpected results.

Hardie’s film was a favourite with both the judges (which included Hollywood heavyweights Robert Luketic and Adam Elliott and Aussie actor Susie Porter) as well as the 95,000 strong crowd assembled.

Tropfest founder, John Polson, was excited by the quality of films on show at the 22nd event and with the record breaking crowd numbers at the festival’s new home.

“This is an incredibly exciting new beginning for us. The move to Centennial Park, and the move to December, were both changes we’re ecstatic to have made. The quality of films screened today show that the emerging Australian film industry is one of the strongest in the world. Every filmmaker displayed a unique, creative and engaging way of telling their story, and all should be congratulated for making the finals,” he says.

In the aftermath of the win, Hardie’s film has come under fire from members of the LGBTI community who feel he has trivialised the transition process and made a transphobic film. Facebook posts site the film as offensive, homophobic and suggest Hardie is reinforcing prejudices.

Hardie for his part told SX that it was never his intention and he “apologises if he has offended any one”.

Image:  Bamboozled. Supplied by Tropfest.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

Comments (2)

  • Tavi

    09 December 2013 at 16:20 |
    What a homophobic, transphobic piece of garbage.

    Thinking sex change happens on a whim? Taking hormones after a sex change operation? Thinking that facial reconstruction surgery is a happy, uplifting, choose-your-race?

    The whole idea where it was "HAHA YOU SLEPT WITH A 'REAL' MAN!" as the joke of the whole thing? Jesus christ. The worst part is they didnt even think they would be offending anyone.
  • Nikola Kovacs

    09 December 2013 at 13:59 |
    Trans character my ass!

    "And now you've slept with a guy" ... ha ha ha ha ha

    What a homophobic piece of rubbish, with no idea about transsexualism either - utter disgrace that this film won.

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