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A poetic journey through landscapes both real and emotional, Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical offers an intimate portrait of transgender singer Rae Spoon, set to stunning images of the Canadian Prairies. McMullan’s imaginative visual interpretations of Spoon’s songs make this an unforgettable look at a unique Canadian artist.
The pace of the film is contemplative, with lots of long shots of prairie fields and swirling birds illustrating the tedium of life on the road. Likewise, the stories that Spoon tells are deliberate and unhurried. They fit together to tell one person’s experience with the ways in which gender identity is discovered, constructed, and deconstructed. The best parts of the film, though, are the musical performances. The creativity in the music’s presentation, and Spoon’s obvious musical talent, make this film Recommended.
Educational Media Reviews Online
Timothy Hackman, University of Maryland
Festival & Awards
Vancouver Film Critics Association Awards - 2014
Best Canadian Documentary
Festival MIX Milano - 2014
Cracow International Film Festival - 2014