Video: Goldfrapp releases new short film exploring transgender issues in childhood
British electronic musicians Goldfrapp have released a new video for their upcoming album “Tales of Us,” which explores issues of gender and self-identity in early childhood.
The music video, entitled “Annabel,” is based on the book by Kathleen Winter of the same name.
The video features a young child exploring their gender identity and coming to a moment of self-discovery through imagery, drawings, and dressing up.
The Goldfrapp duo describe the video as “our little film about girl trapped inside the body of a boy.”
The mother in the film, played by Alison Goldfrapp, learns to accept her child for who she is, and at this moment, the child comes to a moment of revelation and fulfilment.
Kathleen Winter’s book, in contrast, focuses on the life of an intersex child. In the novel, a child discovers their true self and explores the girl inside that was denied at birth.
When Winter heard the track, she said: “I realized my work had entered a new place – it had become part of all music. It belonged in the communal air, not just in my body, or the writer’s lair, anymore.
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“I’d handed Alison Goldfrapp an egg and she’d held it until it bore an infinitesimal crack, and out of that space escaped the longed-for bird girl in each of us, and the bird girl had her wings and could fly.”
The seven minute video was created by director Lisa Gunning. A full version of the film will be shown in cinemas later this year.
“Annabel” is a track from Goldfrapp’s sixth studio album due to be released on 9 September.
She said: “I’ve had lovely, long relationships with men as well. I just happen to be in a relationship with a lady at the moment.
“I don’t like to be pigeonholed in my life or my music either. The best policy seems to be to go with what feels right, so I do.”