Cadance Bell is an Aussie transgender writer and filmmaker. Her documentary film The Rainbow Passage, a co-production with Screen Australia, airs next year on Channel Ten. The film, which Cady also directed, follows her and her wiggly bottomed fiance Amanda across a year in their gender transitions. Cady loves Pokemon Go, short walks to the fridge and the swell challenges of girlifying. Except not having pockets anymore. She really misses pockets.

The Rainbow Passage to premiere to sold out crowd at Sydney Madis Gras Film Festival

The Rainbow Passage to premiere to sold out crowd at Sydney Madis Gras Film Festival

Next Monday, my latest film is premiering at Event Cinemas on George St as part of QueerScreen’s Madis Gras Film Festival. The Rainbow Passage is a documentary commissioned by Screen Australia and Channel Ten as part of the Out Here Initiative.

The premiere has sold out.

I’m enormously proud of the film. It was shot over 9 months and followed my girl Amanda and I on our gender affirmation adventures together. You’ll see my early days struggling to find a “female voice” and then our vocal feminising surgery in Seoul, South Korea. Amanda gets a new narni installed with her G.R.S. bottom surgery and we chill together with our gal pal Hannah from the tiny town of Trundle (population: 400). Along the way, you’ll see me propose to Amanda.

There’s a lot of angsty content around transgender topics. Too much media focuses on the negatives – the struggles, the pressure, the overcoming odds. Its often constructed as though the audience is expected to witness zoo creatures in their peculiar habitats.

We wanted to create something completely different. Something intensely intimate, which felt like you were following us as friends and not talking news heads, letting you into our lives. And we wanted to create something uplifting, positive and fun.

The Rainbow Passage is a lovely film, and I hope you enjoy it.

After its festival run, you can watch the film on Ten Play later this year.

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