How do I explain to my parents what I am?
This is a question which dogged me for much of my life. For the longest time, I assumed I could never be myself, that my world would collapse if anyone ever found out I wanted to be a girl. So I spoke through art instead, exploring the topic through metaphors.
Rusty then Sam is the third in a trilogy of short films which were secretly about being transgender. It’s my favourite short film. When I eventually came out to them, I showed my parents this short film and we all cried.
After years of hiding it in shame, this film was finally released to celebrate International Day of Transgender Visibility, 2018.