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Assume Nothing

  • 2009
  • New Zealand
  • 82 min

A joyous celebration and exploration of the lives of five gender variant New Zealanders.

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Assume Nothing Tuesday 19 October, 7.45pm Tickets £3 (Conc £2) Kirsty MacDonald New Zealand (2009)

A joyous celebration and exploration of the lives of five gender variant New Zealanders.

Assume Nothing poses the questions: ‘What if male and female are not the only options? How do other genders express themselves through art?' Using Rebecca Swan's beautiful photographs of gender variant New Zealanders as a starting point, this warm, funny and candid documentary delves beyond the surface to look at the lives of five alternative gender artists of Maori, Samoan-Japanese and Pakeha-European decent.

In the same way the rapport between Rebecca Swan and her photographic subjects is clear from the way she captures their beauty and strength, so Assume Nothing brings out the best in its participants by treating them with care and empathy. The result is a joyous, positive celebration of transgender lives created through a collage of Super8, fun animations, family photos, body parts and gender theory.

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