Regretters : case study of a gender political chamber play

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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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2 Responses to Regretters : case study of a gender political chamber play

  1. Saw snippets of this awhile ago, I want to see this…it seems other de-transitioners vids/blogs have reverted back in hyper masculine or hyper feminine mode just to reinforce the binary again…and not really breaking away from it….

  2. tnt666 says:

    @Stef, that is sad. If one compares this to faith based “voyages discovery” people escaping from sects rarely hop to another sect… usually they diminish their faith. It will be interesting to see over time whether statistically destransitioning to hyper-either-‘gender’ is a common or a rare behaviour.

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