23 – 25 April, 2010
This is the debut feature from transgender filmmaker Jason Barker, documenting the true story of a very different kind of pregnancy. Made entirely from personal archive footage and home video diaries, the film follows Jason and his partner Tracey’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of the highs and lows of their lives. Jason says, “We tend to see only one aspect of trans people’s lives on screen. We’re shown the before and after photographs, the surgery footage and then that’s it, as if physical transition is the only thing we’ll ever do. We rarely see trans people in loving relationships. I wanted to show the ups and downs of life after transition and that we are as ordinary and extraordinary as anyone else.” Offering intimate insights into gender identity and the quest for parenthood, A Deal with the Universe is a quietly groundbreaking documentary.
Q & A with Jason Barker 23 April, 2019