Georgie Girl

  • Georgina Beyer, with mother and step dad, featured in Georgie Girl
  • Georgina Beyer, as a child, featured in Georgie Girl
  • Georgina Beyer, as a teenager, featured in Georgie Girl
  • Georgina Beyer, new girl in town, featured in Georgie Girl
  • Georgina Beyer, reading oath, featured in Georgie Girl
  • Georgina Beyer, Mayor of Carterton, featured in Georgie Girl
  • Georgina Beyer, at Mayoral desk, featured in Georgie Girl

About This Project

The life story of Georgina Beyer, born George, a trans-sexual and former sex-worker, who, at the time this film was made, recently was elected to the New Zealand Government by a largely white, rural electorate, making her a world first. The film Georgie Girl traces Georgina Beyer’s colourful pathway.

 

Born George, she was raised on a farm by a stern grandfather, learning to fish and shoot. In her late teens she discovers the LBGT scene in 70s and 80s Wellington (and mentored by the remarkable late Carmen Rupa) and becomes for a time, a sex-worker and drug user. Taking the unusual step of leaving the city, she achieves rapid ascendency, taken to the heart of a small (conservative) rural town, elected first as a local councillor, then as mayor of Carterton and finally in 1999 as a Member of Parliament, elected into national office under a Labour Government headed by Helen Clark. Georgina never forgets her past however and works hard as an elected official to introduce progressive legislation — including the Prostitution Reform Act, which stops the criminalization of sex-workers. Georgina, who is of Maori (indigenous) descent, has been an inspiration to many. She is an example of a courageous individual who overcame adversity, marginalization and discrimination.

 

“Uplifting docu tells unusual tale of a transsexual who’s become a popular member of New Zealand parliament, mostly repping conservative white farmers. Already a hit on gay-fest circuit, “Georgie Girl” is a natural sale to pubcasters everywhere. Pic’s gently amused tone, like that of its subject, should have no trouble disarming skeptical or even reactionary auds.”

– Ken Eisner, Variety

Producer & Director

Annie Goldson

Co-Director

Peter Wells

Director of Photography

Craig Wright

Editor

Eric de Beus

Line Producer

Catherine Madigan

Awards

Best Film - NZ Media Peace Awards 2002
Audience Award - Creteil International Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary - Sydney International Film Festival 2002
Winner, Excellence in Documentary Award - Frameline International Film Festival 2002
Winner, Audience Award - Queerdoc, Sydney
Finalist, Best Documentary - Hawaii International Film Festival
Best Documentary - 7th International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Cinema of Madrid

Festivals

Hotdocs 2002
Brisbane International Film Festival 2002
Frameline International Film Festival 2002
Commonwealth Film Festival 2002
Sheffield Documentary Festival 2002
Melbourne International Film Festival 2002
Sydney International Film Festival, 2002
Los Angeles Film Festival, IFP-West 2002
Sithengi International Film Festival 2002
Pusan International Film Festival 2002
DocAviv Film Festival 2003
Goteberg Film Festival 2003
Film des Femmes, Creteil 2003
Indonesian International Film Festival 2003
Margaret Mead Film Festival 2002
Museum of Modern Art, in Illuminated Voices, organized by Sundance Documentary Fund & MoMA
Human Rights Watch Film Festivals

Broadcast

PBS (POV), CBC, ABC, TVNZ, Channel 4 (UK),

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Completed