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Georgie Girl
A documentary by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells
New Zealand, 2001, 70 minutes, Color/BW, DVD
Order No. W03779
Meet Georgina Beyer, the latest “it” girl of New Zealand politics. A one-time sex worker of Maori descent turned public official, Georgina stunned the world in 1999 by becoming the first transgendered person to hold national office. Born George Beyer, this unlikely politician grew up on a small Tarankai farm and later became a small-time celebrity on the cabaret circuit in Auckland. With charisma, humor and charm, Beyer unapologetically recounts her fascinating life story, shares how she overcame adversity and discloses the reasons she decided to run for office in a mostly all white, conservative electorate. Incorporating an unbelievable montage of colorful archival images dug up from Georgina’s days as an exotic dancer, theatre and television performer, this absorbing documentary breaks down stereotypes and promotes greater understanding of transgendered people.


  • Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival
  • Sydney Int'l FF - Audience Award for Best Documentary
  • San Francisco Int'l Lesbian & Gay FF - Stu & Dave's Excellent Documentary Award
  • Festival Int'l de Filmes de Femmes, Creteil - Audience Award
  • QueerDOC FF - Audience Award
  • Int'l Festival of Lesbian and Gay Cinema Madrid (LESGAICINEMAD) - Best Documentary
  • Peace Foundation - Media Peace Award
  • Los Angeles Int'l FF - IFP/West
  • Margaret Mead Int'l FF
  • Hotdocs Canadian Int'l Doc FF
  • Sheffield Int'l Doc FF
  • Hot Springs Int'l Doc FF
  • Pusan Int'l FF
  • Hawaii Int'l FF
  • Melbourne Int'l FF
  • Athens Int'l FF
  • Brisbane Int'l FF
  • Out on Screen Vancouver Gay and Lesbian FF
  • Seattle Gay and Lesbian FF
  • Reel Affirmations FF
  • Austin Gay and Lesbian FF
  • Tampa Gay and Lesbian FF
  • Portland Gay and Lesbian FF
  • Milwakee Gay and Lesbian FF
  • Commonwealth FF
  • Rocky Mountain Women’s FF
  • Side by Side Int'l LGBT FF, Russia

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    “…expertly captures the fascinating and checkered life of one the world's most conscientious politicians…Georgie Girl and Georgina herself swept our Festival off its feet!”
    Michael Lumpkin
    Executive Director, San Francisco Int’l Gay & Lesbian FF

    “…humorous and poignant…offers an extraordinary look at a remarkable individual who has used her personal history to make a political difference.”
    Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

    “[A] stand-out…Beyer’s dignity charm and frankness make Georgie Girl a fascinating film, even when she discusses the toughest times in her life…”
    Garry Maddox
    The Sydney Morning Herald

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    Georgie Girl is included in the following Special Collections.
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