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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

SEAHORSE

Directed by Jeanie Finlay
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 89 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE SEAHORSE
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
Documentary, LGBTQIA
About the Director(s)
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.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Jeanie Finlay
  • Producer:
    Andrea Cornwell, Jeanie Finlay
  • Screenwriter:
    Jeanie Finlay
  • Cinematographer:
    Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Richard Jephcote
  • Editor:
    Alice Powell
  • Composer:
    Tara Creme
  • Executive Producer:
    Orlando Von Einsiedel, Charlie Phillips, Mandy Chang
  • Music Supervisor:
    Graham Langley
  • Sound Re-recording Mixer:
    Pip Norton
  • Cast:
    Freddy McConnell, Esme Chilton, CJ Bruce

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    David Magdael
    David Magdael and Associates
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Phone: 213 624 7827
    dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Ben Braun
    Submarine Entertainment
    New York, 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    ben@submarine.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Ben Braun
    Submarine Entertainment
    New York, 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    ben@submarine.com
  • Print Source
    Jeanie Finlay
    Glimmer Films
    Nottingham, NG1 3AL
    jeanie@jeaniefinlay.com

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