- Director: Sam Feder
- Producer: Amy Scholder; Sam Feder
This is a shocker...we are absolutely reeling!
The inaccuracies, the irrelevance, the omissions...talk about doing a disservice to the trans community!
Give us time...we are going to rip this American-centric, farcical 'Trans Lives on Screen' apart...made by what self-serving sycophants...yes, they really did lick Laverne Cox's ass...because, she's in the film.
Not a mention of her atrocious Rocky re-make! And...not a mention of the incomparable original...sweet transvestites from Transsexual, Transylvania...a-a-a!
The first section of this is...drag. Harmless drag. A man dressed as a woman in 1901 is NOT trans!
Anyway...bear with us, we're going to watch this again...we have to watch it again to see what we missed...less than what the filmmaker missed!
Cinema and TV have a difficult history in reinforcing narrow mainstream gender norms and have often painted LGBTIQ+ people as dangerous. Like a trans-focused sequel to the seminal documentary The Celluloid Closet, this fascinating film wrangles with the history of problematic depictions and celebrates the unravelling of various stereotypes. A labour of love for director Sam Feder (whose last documentary was Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger, a portrait of the pioneering writer and activist) the film features Laverne Cox at the helm and a cast of big hitters, including the Wachowski sisters and Chaz Bono. But it achieves much more than a rollcall of clips and celebrity talking heads. There’s fascinating insight from Professor Susan Stryker, who places trans stories at the birth of cinema with the invention of the cinematic cut in the 1910s, and Yance Ford, who probes the horrible history of the blackface in the same era, drawing parallels with the handling of theatrical cross-dressing. Touching on titles as wide-ranging as Yentl, Psycho, and Tootsie, the film also exposes a downward trajectory in positive representation during in the 1990s, as evinced by TV shows like Jerry Springer and the infamous final scene of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, two of the most appalling and damaging examples cited. As an overdue assassination of troublesome tropes, Disclosure is absorbing and informative, providing a timely history lesson at the crossroads of change.