Film with trans character wins Tropfest, causes furore
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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