IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The venue will be operating an 18+ entry for this film as it doesn’t have the correct UK rating in place. In other words please bring some ID if you are lucky enough to look like you might be under 25.
Many thanks and we hope you will enjoy the festival!
Running time: 72 min (2016 – Documentary)
Director: Shaleece Haas
Producer: Shaleece Haas
Cinematographer: Shaleece Haas
Editor: Andrew Gersh
Synopsis: Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and
downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a
journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.
Filmed over four years, Real Boy follows the evolution of Bennett’s relationship with his mother Suzy,
who has deep misgivings about his transition. As Suzy struggles to come to terms with his decision,
Bennett is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting
his own demons.
Through observational storytelling that is alternately poignant and humorous, Real Boy explores the
complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and