TRAILER: About Ray

Via Vanity Fair:

With transgender people more visible than ever in the media and in everyday life, more trans people have been able, at younger ages, to begin their own transitions. In the new drama About Ray we see the way a family is rocked, as daughter Ramona (Elle Fanning) begins the process of becoming Ray. Despite the title, the film is not just about Ray—Ray’s mother (Naomi Watts), father (Tate Donovan), and grandmother (Susan Sarandon) are all deeply impacted by his identity. Ray may have finally found a way to become who he truly is, but finding that understanding in his own family may be a much greater challenge.

  • Disqusdmnj

    Seems like it could be good… or having reduced a powerful story to a movie on Lifetime.

  • johncAtl

    Looks well done. I like the casting.

  • LonelyLiberal

    Fun side story. Mom notified me that “I’m so glad I now have a trans girl in the neighborhood, just like Caitlyn Jenner!”

    (Initial, unspoken, snarky response: “I’m so glad your neighborhood is now topical and all.”)

    So I guess the awareness thing is working. My mom’s 72 and moderate to slightly conservative (but not the Crazy Tea Party type by any means). If she’s happy with it, the battle is already coming to an end slowly.

  • BostonBud

    I can’t believe a white cis female w brown hair is playing a white transman with red hair! /s
    Looks very promising, especially since it also focuses on the transition that the family has to go through too which will probably reach a way bigger audience. While we’ve seen more transpeople portrayed lately (but not enough) we haven’t seen a lot of how the family and friends also transition of sorts, including the mourning for the person that they knew and loved who is no more.

    • MickinDetroit

      damnit… beat me to the sarcasm.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Red is definitely a complimentary color for the character. Elle Flanning’s skin is a gorgeous tone of porcelain and the auburn red hair: like a young Tilda Swinton– who has also been well known for her gender fluid roles.

      And no, there is not an anti-trans, anti red/ginger hair comment in there.

    • Jacob

      You’re right. It’s great to see the equality in all things boringly homogenized. Hell, you probably loved “Aloha”. Look down dear, your privilege is showing.

  • Lars De

    This looks promising, I’ve always loved Susan Sarandon, and Tate Donovan with silvery hair is a very good thing.

    • Schlukitz

      I just watched her last night in a fun 2005 movie on Netflix entitled Elizabethtown.

      Her stand-up schtick at a funeral memorial service for her deceased husband is pure gold.

      • Lars De

        Thanks for that tip, have to check it out now.

        • Schlukitz

          You’re very welcome. 🙂

  • MickinDetroit

    Please sign my petition objecting to this portrayal of a trans person by a cis gendered white person.

    • MattM

      You forgot /s

  • GunnaHurt

    Cue the professional crybaby angry Trans activists bitching that they didn’t hire an cast of Trans women of color to play every character. Take a drink every time they say “cis white male privilege.”

    • Bill_Perdue

      Pig.

      • GunnaHurt

        just calling it as I see it.

        • Bill_Perdue

          Yep. Just like Pat Robertson.

          • Schlukitz

            Touché

    • leastyebejudged

      LOL, YOU’RE SO EDGY

      • GunnaHurt

        no, I’m just bored with watching the over-exaggerated indignation machine over the Stonewall movie that 99.8% of the people commenting haven’t actually seen yet.

        • leastyebejudged

          That mess IS pretty boring, granted; but the article you’re commenting on isn’t about the Stonewall movie…

          • GunnaHurt

            I’m just beating them to the inevitable punch. (which is why I started with “cue the…” because we know it’s bound to happen)

          • Roy Biv

            The only ones I’ve seen are you and two others petulant sarcastic posts for the past hour.

          • GunnaHurt

            then you’re not reading Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, the JoeMyGod posts about it… (there are two).

          • Roy Biv

            I’m talking about this thread specifically.

            I’m aware of your stance on the Stonewall movie.

          • GunnaHurt

            My post is about the topic in general. Not the sure-to-be-coming upset about a cis actor playing a trans role.

          • band

            You’e post is defensive nonsense. Which is understandable.

          • Schlukitz

            Mr. Enemabag Jones, Tiki and GunnaHurt are in good company.

            Too bad that they are in the wrong room.

            But then, they aren’t looking for people to agree with them, are they?

    • Jeffrey

      I agree. The term cis-gendered makes my skin crawl.

    • Mr. Enemabag Jones

      they didn’t hire an cast of Trans women of color to play every character

      I would agree with them. I’m tired of straight white actors using the LGBTQ community to garner praise and accolades and awards.

      • GunnaHurt

        then you’re an idiot. Actors aren’t the characters. They’re actors. I could understand being upset at casting a white man to play Malcom X or Mickey Rooney to play the angry Chinese Landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But I don’t think we need to only cast gay people as gay people and straight people as straight people. Can you imagine if they told Zachary Quinto he can’t play Spock because he’s gay?

    • BostonDotTom

      Says the clearly butthurt cis white male.

      • GunnaHurt

        no, honey, I’m not butthurt. I’m just sick of the people whose hobby is sitting at home complaining that they didn’t ‘get to be prom queen. Life sucks, the whole LGBTAQMOUSE community has had it hard, some of us more than others some of us less. We should at least try to not turn on each other.

        • BostonDotTom

          Sorry, dude, but even this whole spiel here just sounds like: “how dare those trans people have an opinion about how they’re represented” to me.

          • GunnaHurt

            and they sound more like “I’m going to find something to complain about for my exaggerated indignation machine because that’s the only way I know how to react to anything now.”

          • BostonDotTom

            Yeah! Now that they have just recently started to be portrayed as anything more than a joke or a horror story, they sure do have some nerve to ask for more!

          • GunnaHurt

            asking for respectful depiction is what we should all do. throwing a tantrum regardless is what we should NOT. And yet…

          • BostonDotTom

            See, this is where you’re being kind of a jerk. You disagree with their concerns, so you call it a tantrum. Certain straight people think the queer community is throwing a tantrum every time we ask for anything! Do you follow where I’m going with this?

          • GunnaHurt

            I call it a tantrum when it clearly is one. When it happens regardless of whether it’s merited or not.

          • band

            And from this thread, it’s clear that you call it a tantrum regardless of whether there’s been any reaction at all.

  • leastyebejudged

    Glad there’s going to be a good flick about the issues trans people face.

    I think it should be noted that it’s not really astute to not expect the nation to have as much difficulty grasping it as the families directly involved do.

    Everyone should cut everyone a little slack is all I’m trying to say.

  • Tiki

    “Ray may have finally found a way to become who he truly is”

    If he’s truly a man, and if his possessing a female body doesn’t make him less of a man because being a man is something independent of the body, then there’s no need to “transition” by altering his body. It’s a mess of a contradiction, so in that sense, it accurately portrays transgenderism.

    • zhera

      Hi Tiki.
      I know it’s easy to make the mistake, but this isn’t the anti-trans forum. That’s actually two doors down, on the left.

      • Estrafalario

        I’ve been wondering if the sign on the door fell off this morning. There’s been a higher level of Breitbartish activity today.

      • LonelyLiberal

        I thought that meant “anti-trans fats.”

      • ColdCountry

        Don’t you mean on the right?

        • zhera

          Oops. Yes, the *other* left. 😉

      • Schlukitz

        Mr. Enemabag Jones’ GPS seems to malfunctioning as well.

      • Queequeg

        More likely, on the right. Try Brietbart.

  • tomfromthenews

    Elle Fanning has always been good. I hope this is a role where she can really break out. Promising trailer.

  • Bill_Perdue

    One of the key things to note is the fact that LGBT youth are coming out and/or beginning their transitions at an early age.

    This phenomenon is not limited to the US or even to developed nations but it is more difficult in nations where poverty is rampant because they have a neocolonial economy or in capitalist nations like Russia where politicians and the cults use us as scapegoats.

    The emergence of liberating consciousness among LGBT youth is a sure sign that future of our movement is ensured.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I really have to see this movie.

  • another_steve

    Earlier this year, PBS here in the States did a very excellent “Frontline” documentary re the issues surrounding young trans people. I highly recommend it. It explores the many complicated issues involved with young people (some as young as 13 or so) who want to begin transitioning.

    Do yourself a favor, and watch it:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/growing-up-trans/

    • Schlukitz

      Thanks for the link.

      I’ll definitely check it out this evening.

    • Queequeg

      I’ve seen the documentary and it is excellent. It shows the issues faced not only by the kids, but by the parents as well. I’d have to admit that if I were a parent of a very young trans kid, I would be concerned that I was doing the right thing. The serious issues come about at puberty with hormone blockers and possible side effects. PBS did a very sensitive documentary. I hightail recommend it as well.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    From truly and totally just this trailer, which may mean nothing at all:

    I’m impressed that Elle Fanning seems to capture both the sentiments of transitioning but also the physicality of the “holy shit, thank god I survived that awkward as hell” phase of early through middle adolescence.

  • Roy Biv

    A refreshing thread of mostly positive comments except for the butthurt people who mock the legitimate problems of representation for trans and PoC in the media.

    Awesome.

  • What goes through my mind as I watch the trailer: that’s a big kitchen, I want that kitchen. For a drama, this film has some really nice art direction. Both of the parents’ houses have distinctive decor yet both have warm, woody palettes. Looking forward to the promising premise and cast.

    • houstonray

      The movie does look like it might have some great acting moments but when I watched the trailer, I thought the exact same thing, “I want that kitchen” “I want that house”, ha.

      But still, looks like a great movie and I will look forward to it.

    • Ellie

      I thought the same thing. When the two women were standing in the two thresholds saying “I don’t hear any doors slamming” I was like, what is this house? I want this house! But on top of that the movie does look promising and well acted. I love Susan Sarandon! I will definitely check this one out.

  • Jeffrey

    Why is it a big deal for a non trans person to play trans? There will probably be more good trans actors in the future, but right now you’ve got a star with name recognition bringing awareness to your cause. Unlike the movie Ticked Off Trannies With Knives, or some other such exploitation.

    • Mr. Enemabag Jones

      The big deal is no one involved in this gives two shits for trans people; they just want to be praised for being brave and win awards.

      • BostonBud

        And you know this because…?

      • Jeffrey

        That is your opinion. I’m amazed how you know the minds and motives of everyone involved in this film.

      • GunnaHurt

        what makes you think they don’t give two shits? Should anyone wanting to make a movie with a trans character have to apply to the Trans Community Movie Committe© and pass a written test to make sure they care enough about you and will make it for you and you only?

  • Queequeg

    The film appears to be handling the topic well, but, for a real life look into the lives of trans kids, you should watch the excellent “Frontline” documentary called “Growing up trans”. It was shown on PBS about a month ago.
    For those of us who are not trans, it is enlightening to get a glimpse into the real life issues faced by trans kids and their parents.