18 Nov 2020
Studio Gossima, who are Goldsmiths alumni, produced a documentary called Down There the Seafolk Live, which was chosen to be a apart of the BFI London Film Festival 2020. The documentary explores the sacrifice of starting HRT for trans singers who rely on their voice for performance.
Please join us on Wednesday 18th November at 6pm for a live screening of the 16 minute documentary and a live Q&A session with the creators and producers of Down There the Seafolk Live.
Studio Gossima Instagram: @studio.gossima
Please see a more detailed synopsis of the film here:
Being both a transgender man and a singer creates conflict. Starting hormone replacement therapy lowers the voice and may damage singing abilities permanently. In order to transition medically as a trans vocalist, you must make a choice and take a risk. Your voice, or your comfort. Down there the sea folk live, a film about gender transition and singing voices, is a poetic documentary from co-directors Stan Greengrass and Maddy James. Offering a subversion of trans narratives, the film explores the experience of trans masculine performers and their complicated relationships with their voices and stage personas. Visually captivating and enchanting, seafolk takes the audience on a journey through the many facets of the trans-masculine community, from drag performances to live music. The film provides an intimate insight into the lives of trans men struggling with the sacrifices that gender transition presents - and why it’s worth it.