7/10/2011

Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives

One of the more controversial transgender movies of the year (or rather last year) is Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives.

Is it, as the makers of the movie claim, a movie supporting tranwomen, or is it painting a caricature of male to female transsexuals as artificial drag queens?

To be honest, I am not sure.

One the one hand the movie empowers transwomen, showing them as strong and capable human beings beating their enemies.

On the other hand, it is obvious that the director is playing on the general public's expectations of transwomen being "weird".

It is clearly an homage to the revenge exploitation films of the seventies. Our heroines are beaten up by transphobic men. But they take a horrible revenge!





In the US the movie is shown at Showtime, and can also be rented from Netflix. You can also buy it from Amazon (link below).

3 comments:

  1. I think a lot of transwomen feel this way, enough is enough lately.

    I only wish this weren't such a low budgeted production, I wonder how many people will actually see it.

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  2. Yes, I think a little of both. Like you say, it's an exploitation film. Look at the poster and the title. Not "Transwomen Are People, Too", but Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives. So, I don't really think it's going to make anyone MORE respectful of transwomen. But I also agree with tg_captioner. It's always good to see a little revenge fantasy, especially after such grim news in the real world. Sorry for the long post!

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  3. It is low budget amateur stuff. I don't say that as a bad thing, I just think it is great that friends came together to put a show on, regardless of the subject matter or political implications.

    I think work of this kind helps to show that trans-identified individuals are as creative and flawed as anyone else. We can have senses of humour and we make short films with our friends like so many others do on youtube.

    I think it is a nice counterpoint to the miriad of (also important) youtube vlogs that trans-identified individuals are becoming known for.

    Its an exploitation film, so... That's what it is. How can we criticize a tree for being a tree? If it were taking itself seriously then I think we'd have more ground to stand on.

    That is not to say you can insult anyone as long as its a lampoon, but there have been many exploitation films done in the past few years (Rodriguez' stuff, Black Dynamite to name a few) and I think they just thought it would be a fun idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing this.

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