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Queer Conceptions: Screening of Seahorse (2019)

7:30pm-9:00pm on Friday 26 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

SEAHORSE (2019, dir. Jeanie Finlay, rated 15) charts one trans man’s pioneering quest to fulfil an age-old desire: to start his own family. This is the story of the dad who gave birth.

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man.

Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society's fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family. He quickly realises that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting; this was not part of his plan.

Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.

Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, SEAHORSE follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story for the cinema about conception, pregnancy, birth and what makes us who we are.

Join us for a follow-up event on Tuesday 30 March, when we bring together a panel of specialists in gay surrogacy, trans parenting, reproductive biology and documentary cinema to discuss the political and social realities of queer parenthoods.

Please register to view the film here:

Seahorse screening:

This event has been organised by the cross-disciplinary Queer Conceptions research network, funded by the Cambridge Reproduction SRI.

Booking email address:

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

More details about the location of this event will be available in early 2021. Please note that this is a live stream and that the film will not be available on demand afterwards.

Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 500
Theme: Society, Health
Image copyright: Still from SEAHORSE (dir. Jeanie Finley, 2019).

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