Review – The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone is a documentary coming to Netflix and while it’s very much a homage to Georgie Stone, it’s also setting out to give confidence and hope to a young trans audience. From this, it also shines the light on how important the love and support of family is through this journey.

The documentary follows Georgie over 6 years. Using home video footage from her childhood for perspective, we learn Georgie always knew who she was. Across the many levels of gender affirmation, Georgie and her family have to visit courts to gain access to the required drugs. Along the way we see Georgie realises her journey is bigger than herself and sets out to change the laws so no one has to go through what she has.

The documentary starts with Georgie heading to her gender-affirming surgery. It jumps from the present day to key moments in Georgie’s life that have helped her to this point. Her fight to change laws, her relationship with her family, school, love and the strive to be herself. 

Not only do we get to be part of Georgies journey as she grows to be a beautiful woman, but we also get to see her change laws, spread the message that change and acceptance needs to happen at all levels and rally for the bigger picture. The documentary ends showing Georgie as herself in all ways, happy, confident and taking the world head on.

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone is Directed by Maya Newell who has some stunning documentaries to her name, Gayby Baby and In My Blood It Runs. It was a perfect fit for Newell to share Georgie’s story as Newell understands the LGBTQI+ community. Newell also has a unique ability to seem like a fly on the wall observing just as much as capturing the story.

Georgie Stone very much exudes confidence throughout the documentary. She holds her own on the screen and which makes being an actress seem a logical step for her. You may recognise her from Neighbours as the first transgender character for the series.

There are parts of the documentary where it does seem a little self indulgent and you can’t help but wonder why Georgie thinks it’s her place to share her story. But without that confidence and pride in what she is doing, the reach of this documentary on Netflix wouldn’t be the same. She is using her platform to create awareness and by sharing her and her family’s journey will hopefully change the lives of so many trans, gender diverse and non-binary children. 

Overall, this short documentary is an easy and quick watch to showcase Georgie’s journey to so many around the world. Giving confidence to families, trans children themselves, government and opening up a wealth of conversation in all circles and communities. It will change lives.

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