Regretters : case study of a gender political chamber play
(excerpts from a production study, Clare Havell 2011)
Regretters (2010) is a Swedish documentary featuring two men who had sex changes to become women, only to regret their decision and re-transition to more masculine identities and bodies. Dealing with complex subject matter, the format of the film is very simple; the two participants Mikael and Orlando sit with one another in a studio, showing each other slides, video, artefacts from their lives as women, as they interview each other, for one hour. Regretters is played out in the studio – storytelling at its most pared down, quite aptly described by one critic as a “gender political chamber play” (Eriksson 2009, p.45).
How does a gender political chamber play come to be produced? And seen? Who is it made for? Unusually for a film so steeped in queer and transgender narratives…
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