Historical dysphoria

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TheDanishGirl. Credit@OfficialYoutubetrailer

Eddie Redmayne seems to take the spotlight once more with the release of the new movie trailer of “The Danish Girl”, directed by Tom Hooper, the genius behind the 2012 smash hit “Les Miserable”. Redmayne will be commencing in the leading role of character ‘Lili Elbe’ originally ‘Einar Wegenar’, in the biographical drama based on a true story.

The trailer itself contains what might be considered an establishment for the movie as it briefly tells the story of a young couple, Einar Wegenar (Redmayne) and Gerda Wegenar (Alicia Vikander), whom go through a remarkable series of events.

Things appear to start off with Mrs Wegenars’ request for her young husband Einar, to model as a woman for her to paint. From here on out, young Einar Wegenar goes through an emotional and physical transformation to have the worlds’ first sex change and become the beautiful and exotic, Lili Elbe. The trailer may whet the appetites of all movie buffs as it portrays Redmayne as both Einar Wegenar and Lili Elbe, surprising some with the visual transformation and giving many reason to applaud the artistry that created such a change.

Eddie Redmayne. Credit@flickruser: Disney ABC television group

Eddie Redmayne.Credit@flickruser:DisneyABCtelevisiongroup

The trailer includes the release date and a few of the cast members which may incite a lot of interest for the movie. It portrays a few scenes from the movie itself, drawing attention to the emotional rollercoaster the couple undertake, both within the society they live in and with their own psychological needs.

Gender dysphoria is a condition where ones psychological gender may be different to their biological one. This trailer may well inspire the public to consider educating themselves on the cause and effect of gender dysphoria, some people may think of gender dysphoria differently to their initial opinion, by drawing them in to a person’s real life story, the trailer highlights the ups and downs of living with the condition.

The general response to the movie seems to be favourable, the trailer managed to attract over 3 million views within the first few days. There seems to already have been a big wave of media coverage which may increase the likeliness of the public hearing about the movie and its objectives.

People affected by gender dysphoria seem to have been coming together to praise “The Danish Girl” and Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Lili. Redmayne has come a long way from “Les Miserable”, however his last role was his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. Even though the role might have been very challenging, it may still be a far cry from that of Lili Elbe.

The Danish Girl. Credit@Empire magazine


Some have wondered why the director opposed casting a real person with gender dysphoria, something Hooper has spoken out about. However the role may have tested the gender comfortable Redmayne which has likely earned him an increase in fans and followers that might respect his artistic talent; this in turn may increase the followers for the film itself.

Due to the film representing a true story, based on historical people and events, it may inform all kinds of people from different backgrounds about where the sex change started and the general history surrounding 1920s society. Giving the public a sneak peek into the past may remind people of previous ways, encouraging people to move forward in their values and change what may be considered as, outdated attitudes.

The trailer might inspire a lot of thought and conversation on gender dysphoria which may lead to good publicity for the film itself which is due to be out on 1st January 2016. To keep updated on the movie and its cast, find more information at: www.twitter.com/Working_Title or http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810819

What inspired ‘The Danish Girl’ to be created now, might there be a shift in public perception of gender dysphoria?


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