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Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

One trans man’s quest to start his own family. As a gay transgender man, deciding to carry his own baby took Freddy years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy.

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges - he is a gay transgender man.

Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society's fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family. He quickly realises that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting - this was not part of his plan.

Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.

Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story for the cinema about conception, pregnancy, birth and what makes us who we are.

19 days left to watch

1 hour, 29 minutes

Audio described

On TV

Sat 5 Oct 2019 02:55

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Saint Saviour

    James

  • 01:16

    Saint Saviour

    Let It Go

  • 01:28

    David Bowie

    Kooks (Dj Remix)

Credits

Role Contributor
Participant Freddy Mcconnell
Participant Esme Chilton
Participant CJ Bruce
Producer Andrea Cornwell
Director Jeanie Finlay
Editor Alice Powell
Composer Tara Creme
Executive Producer Charlie Phillips
Executive Producer Orlando von Einsiedel
Executive Producer Patrick Vernon
Production Company Grain Media
Producer Jeanie Finlay

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