Over six years, filmmakers Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe embarked on a journey to document their friends relationship, and the end result came to be the powerful and important documentary, Girl Like You. Following trans woman Elle and her partner Lauren, this deeply personal story carries us through the highs and lows of their relationship, and the effects that Elle’s transition has on it, as well as the impact on Lauren’s life, Elle’s family, and their friend circle.
Deeply empathetic, and completely supportive, Girl Like You is a documentary that reminds us of the importance of authentic trans stories in film. In a landscape that is desperately absent of trans films, Girl Like You is refreshing, immediately sitting alongside the equally vital It’s Not Just Me as vital features that celebrate the LGBTIQA+ experience.
In this interview, Frances and Samantha talk about the difficulties of filming over a six year period, balancing the role of being friends, filmmakers, and therapists for Elle and Lauren, and also working alongside one the best producers right now, Cody Greenwood (who you can hear being interviewed about her short Sparkles here).
Girl Like You screens on ABC TV Plus on Sunday 7 November at 9:30pm, Tuesday 9 November at 9:30pm, and then on ABC iView.
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