Kids being raised by same-sex couples are growing in numbers worldwide. We are in a Gayby-Boom. But who are these kids? What do they think about having same-sex parents? And do they face different issues to other kids? At a time when the world is debating marriage equality, these questions are more pertinent than ever. Told from the perspective of the kids, Gayby Baby is intimate and sometimes humorous account of four children and their families.
Gayby Baby has its German cinema release on June 23rd, 2016.
10 year old Gus is passionate about WWE wrestling. At a time when he’s discovering his masculinity, he finds its macho world alluring. But the violent wrestlers encapsulate everything Gus’s mothers dislike about masculine culture: these men are not their idea of good male role models. With a big wrestling show coming to Sydney, Gus must change his mothers’ views if he’s to attend.
12 year old Ebony struggles to find her place in the outer suburbs of Sydney. She dreams of being a pop singer and hopes to get into the prestigious Newtown Performing Arts High. But getting into Newtown is not just about singing, the school is in a bohemian inner-city suburb where Ebony feels her and her family would be accepted and understood. But with the audition looming, Ebony is soon forced to ask what matters most in her life. Maybe getting into Newtown isn’t everything.
11 year old Graham can’t read; it bothers and embarrasses him. Having been neglected by his birth parents and never taught to speak, Graham is desperate to become literate. But his quest is complicated when his dads move the family to Fiji, a conservative place where they do not feel comfortable to be “out”. Faced with hiding his family and re-establishing himself in a new country, Graham’s goal seems ever more distant. When his teacher sets an assignment where he must write and perform “The Story of Me”, all Graham’s fears collide.
11 year old Matt is in the midst of an existential crisis. His family attends Church and his birth mother is strong of faith, yet the pastor says same-sex couples are a sin against God. The disconnect between his mothers faith the pastor’s admonitions has got Matt questioning everything. In answering life’s biggest questions, Matt must stand up to God, the Prime Minister, and perhaps most importantly – his mother.
A film by Maya Newell and Charlotte Mars
Australia, 2015, 85 Min
Distributor Germany: Rise and Shine Cinema
Directed by: Maya Newell
Score: Max Lyandvert
Editing: Rochelle Oshlack
World Sales: Rise and Shine
Producer: Produzentin: Charlotte Mars
Production: Marla House
In association with: Documentary Australia Foundation