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Based on what I saw, trans men were either targets for rape and murder, or hyperaggressive men who were ostracized from the queer community. I wanted to be neither. But in film, little has changed.
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Sign in. Watch our trailer of trailers. Based on the life of Aileen Wuornosa Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her month stay at a mental hospital in the late s.
Lana M. Tisdel born May 28, was dating Brandon Teena, a transgender male who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska on December 31, In the fall ofLana Tisdel, aged 19, met Brandon Teena, 20, through their mutual friends.
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Driven by performances of such luminous humanity that they break your heart. With its constant juxtaposition of blazing nighttime highwayscapes and the flat Nebraska skyline, Despite being one of the first major films to grapple with being transgender in America, Boys Don'
On the 20th anniversary of his murder, Brandon Teena's headstone in Lincoln Memorial Park was unadorned save for a slightly faded artificial blue rose between his headstone and his father's. The marker — almost surely against Brandon's wishes — still displays his birth name, "Teena Brandon," with the epitaph "Daughter, Sister, Friend. More people remember that Hilary Swank won an Oscar for a film called Boys Don't Cry than they remember Brandon's name or where he was from.
I love Boys Don't Cry. I wonder if the Uncut version is sitting on a hard drive somewhere in director Kimberly Peirce's possession. It would be a great justification for Criterion giving it a new 4k scan and being an uncut debut, wouldn't it? We know Peirce never wanted it cut and still gives talks about the film, so I'm sure she'd cooperate with a release like that.