Family Documentary REAL BOY from Filmmaker Shaleece Haas makes Music as Peccadillo’s first EXCLUSIVE VOD release
“The film is poignant, raw, and incredibly heartfelt — a testament to the great filmmaking.“ – The Advocate
“The brilliant coming-of-age documentary Real Boy [is] raw and breathtakingly honest.” – GT
“Real Boy is a coming of age story in the truest sense, rich with realness, struggle, triumph, and love. Hands down the best doc I’ve seen about a boy’s transition into manhood.” - Ian Harvie, Dale from TV series, Transparent
Peccadillo delighted to release REAL BOY, its first VOD release, available now on all platforms including BFI Player, FilmDoo, Amazon Instant, Sky Store, Vimeo On Demand, and Google Play. Directed by Shaleece Haas, an LA-based documentary filmmaker, the film is an intimate story of a family in transition. It's already proven to be a favourite of BFI Flare and winner of Iris Prize Best Feature Award 2016.
Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.
Filmed over four years, Real Boy follows the evolution of Bennett’s relationship with his mother Suzy, who has deep misgivings about his transition. As Suzy struggles to come to terms with his decision, Bennett is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.
Through observational storytelling that is alternately poignant and humorous, Real Boy explores the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and chosen.
REAL BOY (15) is available from 7th August on VOD from Peccadillo Pictures. Running time: 82 mins
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