Translucent Screening- Nottingham

A quick update post about the screening of my film Translucent which is at an LGBT short films night hosted by the Nottingham Alternative Film Network called “Translucence” on the 20th of September at 8pm in the Lord Roberts and costs £5.


“Translucent is an uplifting, unobtrusive exploration of self-identity that discusses being transgender in a way that seems highly refreshing and open.”

Sadly, I cannot attend but I hope you will make it if you can!


Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2015

On Saturday the 30th of May my film Translucent will be screening at Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. It is screening in a section called “A World I call Mine”  which has a selection of short films. Some of the big films screening at the festival are The Way He looks, Love is Strange and Appropriate Behaviour.  It’s so exciting to have my film playing at this festival alongside these great LGBT films.
551b0ef6c4d51Screen-1920x1080-1024x576Translucent will be played at 2pm on 30/05/15 in the Goethe-Insituts (Max Mueller Bhavan) Venue. Which is next to the Jahangir Art Gallery.

Although I am not able to attend the festival I hope that if any of my readers live in Mumbai you will go and support the festival!

A full list of the films showing and more information can be found here:

Queer as Film.

queerasfilmOn Saturday the 28th of February my film “Translucent” was screened at the Queer as Film event in London. This was the first time the film had been shown outside of my University plus I did a Q&A afterwards. There were 7 short films shown in total all with a theme of LGBT.  There was a range of funny and sad films, some silly and others far more dark and serious. Queer as Film was founded in 2009 by Robert Gershinson and Craig Ford and was hosted by comedian Tom Allen.

The event was really great, laid back and had a  friendly, supportive atmosphere which made me slightly less nervous to do the Q&A after the screening! The other films shown were good, a particular favourite being “A Little bit Country” by Amy Coop which compared coming out as a country music fan to coming out as gay which was very funny and poignant.

For my film “Translucent” I got a really good response, and I’m very happy with how it went. I’m grateful to the people at Queer as Film for selecting it! Below is my Q&A.  



Finally here is my short film “Translucent”. This documentary is an exploration of my family and our dynamic since my sister Diana, came out as male to female transgender. It is a personal window into our lives as an ordinary family and an insight into being a young transgender person in the 21st century.

Translucent from Emily Steele on Vimeo.

I used a pretty straightforward documentary style in my film using interviews intercut with other footage but tried to make it more visually interesting by experimenting with a digital projector. I converted twelve mini DV tapes of childhood footage that I had never seen before; I then edited together what I thought were the best images of my sister and myself. After which I used the digital projector to project these moving images directly onto my sister.

What I considered while planning this film is how few people know anyone who is transgender and especially someone who is young and transgender.IMG_2679 I feel like the majority of people’s knowledge of trans-people comes from the media who often sensationalise their lives or tell a tragic story. I wanted to show that whilst these are valid experiences it’s not always like that and that young trans-people like my sister are accepted and that it doesn’t have to be a dramatic change to their daily lives or to their families.My film explores my personal, ordinary family in relation to me, how we have responded to my sister coming out in a supportive way but also that our family is nothing special and that this has not at all affected our family’s relationships. I wanted to give my film quite a light feel and create a positive narrative about my sister’s trans experiences.

Please let me know what you think!


Short Work Update:

I haven’t really blogged about my own work in a while, I’m currently working on a project about my sister, her gender identity and her relationship to myself and our mum. I hope for it to be a short documentary centered around my family. I’m making it as part of a University module about personal exploration.

 “My Sister” is it’s working title, I may change this later on as the project progresses. I went home this weekend to begin filming.