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20 August 2019

Fly Like An Eagle

by Jason Stone

Stereophonics: “Fly Like An Eagle” - 4 mins 46s

Gender dysphoria has risen in prominence to become one of the themes of our era. A broad acceptance of an individual's right to transition from one gender to another has become a litmus test of a society's progressiveness, and our country is doing rather well. It isn't all plain sailing – concerns about the danger posed to women by men taking advantage of this new freedom to gain access to spaces previously considered sacrosanct has led to opposition from quarters where you would expect only unconditional support.

Nonetheless, it is truly gratifying to know that a lot of teenagers who would previously have suffered in silence are now able to talk openly about how they feel, and seek support. It still isn't easy though… difficult conversations need to be initiated, and not everyone can immediately accept what they hear.

This promo for 'Fly Like An Eagle' by the Stereophonics perfectly encapsulates the difficulties that teenagers can face even in an environment which is generally supportive. Its teenage protagonist clearly has a very special relationship with her father… but you sense very quickly that she doesn't feel able to tell him everything. She has a crush on another girl at her school, and doesn't identify with the stereotypical look of the other female students. Dad appears more than happy with her 'tomboyishness' but lacks both the information and the wherewithal to recognise that there's more going on than that.

Director Charlotte Regan brings an immensely sensitive eye to this tale, and injects exactly the right level of poignancy. It would have been easy to go overboard with the sentimentality, but Regan's constraint gives this film a much more authentic feel.

It has wonderfully happy ending, and this is an increasingly accurate reflection of how the story plays out in real life. There are plenty of problems still to resolve – not least those mentioned in the first paragraph of this review – but the changes we've witnessed over the past decade have been truly inspiring and we, as a society, should be awfully proud of ourselves.

Commissioner: Sam Seager
Film Production: Knucklehead Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Charlotte Regan ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Natalie Steiner
1st AD: Daniel Stoker
Cinematographer: Franklin Dow
Hair Design: Grace Marie Ellington
Make-Up: Grace Marie Ellington
Editor: Owen O'Sullivan @ Marshall Street Editors Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Dave Ludlam (The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Sound Designer: Ben Adams

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