Join us for a special screening of Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, followed by a Q&A with director Jeanie Finlay and Freddy McConnell, chaired by Charlie Phillips, head of video for The Guardian.
Seahorse, a new feature-length documentary produced in association with The Guardian, follows 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.
At 30, Freddy’s yearning to start a family comes with unique challenges: Freddy is a gay transgender man. His decision to carry his own baby takes years of soul-searching, none of which can 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.
Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, to mine unknown depths of courage, and to 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 through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story about conception, pregnancy, birth, and what makes us who we are.
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