Director Tom Hooper talks trans acceptance and beauty in The Danish Girl
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One of the biggest Academy Awards contenders for this year is The Danish Girl – the story of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, the first person to receive gender reassignment surgery, and her wife Gerda. The biopic follows the two artists as they navigate the as yet un-tread path of transgender acceptance in the late 1920s.
(L-R: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hooper, Alicia Vikander and Mattias Schoenaerts at the UK premiere of The Danish Girl.)The film, based on David Ebersoff’s novel, is a delicate and thought-provoking look at what it means to be – and to become – female. It stars Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne, the latter of whom is likely to be following up his Theory of Everything Success with yet more red carpet gongs this awards season. Director Tom Hooper (pictured above, with the main cast) is fully aware of how timely his film is in being released in 2016 - he first read the script in 2008, even before he was signed on to direct his biggest film to date, The King’s Speech – and how it might add to current conversation. The subject of how important meeting transgender women was in inspiring him to create a realistic Lili is something that he was very keen to talk about when Gaia Porcu met him on behalf of The National Student. See the full interview here: Read our review of The Danish Girl here. Words: Lucy Miller Interview: Gaia Porcu The Danish Girl is out now.