Real to Reel: The Danish Girl

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmReal to Reel: The Danish Girl

Showing: 16 December 2019

Real to Reel: The Danish Girl
GenreDrama, Romance
DirectorTom Hooper
CountryUK, Various
Running Time2HR
SeasonMain Programme

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery in this delicate, beautifully composed biopic directed by another Oscar winner, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

With the encouragement of his artist wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), Einar Wegener began a groundbreaking process of gender transition in the 1930s to become Lili Elbe. With his utterly convincing portrayal of Einar/Lili, Redmayne brilliantly negotiates the psychological road map required to make the journey, aided by Gerda’s supportive pragmatism. 

Of course it’s a tough ride with a dubious medical establishment, and threats to their marriage are not helped by a potential suitor (Ben Whishaw) coming on strong to Lili. As with his The King’s Speech, Hooper’s film is lushly photographed by Danny Cohen, and suffused with sympathy for its complex characters. 

The screening will be followed by a short discussion led by Dr Danielle Mackle from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, focusing on trans rights and identities in the contemporary world. 

Real to Reel: Film and Social Life is a monthly sociological cinema series presented in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University.


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