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The last few years have seen an unparalleled rise of the trans community making their mark on society, standing up for who they are, who they want to be and their right to live as they want. And so they should. It’s not just an “adult” thing – children as young as six can identify as another gender.
Like 11-year-old Maxine (played by Callum Booth-Ford). He tells his parents that he wants to be a she and has hidden it for six years. More than that, she knows how her body will change during puberty and she doesn’t want to become an adolescent male.
A lot of research went into the show by creator-writer Tony Marchant (1996 trans movie Different For Girls). He and his cast spent months with the UK’s Mermaids Charity that specialises in helping youngsters with gender diversity. He also considered casting a trans actor as Maxine, only changing his plans when psychologists indicated that this story, although experienced, might adversely affect a trans actor’s mental health.
“It is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with their instincts, intellects and worse or better natures. Allied to uniformly brilliant performances, this is truthful, beautiful and powerful stuff,” reviews theguardian.com’s Lucy Mangan.
IMDB rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%