Netflix acquires Sundance doc Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
Staff Reporter | On 02, Jun 2020
Netflix has acquired the global rights to new documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen.
The film, which premiered at Sundance this year, shines a spotlight on transgender representation in TV and film, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures society’s deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their personal reactions and resistance to gender stereotypes in some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments.
Grappling with films such as A Florida Enchantment, Dog Day Afternoon, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with shows including All in the Family, The L Word, and Pose, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen traces a history that is dehumanizing yet also evolving, complex, and at times humorous.
The film is directed by Sam Feder, who also helmed Kate Bornstein Is a Queer & Pleasant Danger in 2014.
“Disclosure came to life so beautifully because trans people were at the center of production — over 150 trans people were involved, from early research through distribution,” Feder told Deadline. “When we couldn’t hire a trans person we mentored a trans filmmaker. Now that Netflix has acquired Disclosure, people all over the world will be able to see it during Pride, when the LGBTQ community is usually out on the streets celebrating our lives and fighting for our rights. I am so proud of all the trans people who helped make Disclosure what it is, and I can’t wait to share it.”
“I’m truly overjoyed that Disclosure will have a home at Netflix, where audiences all over the world will have a front row seat to view director Sam Feder’s uncompromised vision of trans folks reckoning with our own history on screen,” added Laverne Cox, who also served as an executive producer on the project. “I am so grateful to every trans person who lent their voices, stories, and brilliance to this film. Disclosure is a dream come true for me. It was a labor of love—love for trans people, and love for the film and television that shapes us. We’re thrilled that together with Netflix, we can continue to make historic strides in trans representation on screen.”
The film will premiere on 19th June.
Disclosure is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.