QFW: Jake Graf’s Short Films

2014-2018| 18| 55 mins| /

Directed by: Jake Graf

We will be showcasing Award-winning director, writer and actor Jake Graf‘s short films DuskDawnListenChance and Headspace. Using his filmmaking to give a voice to the trans male community, Jake is one of the most visible trans males in the UK.

Screening as part of our Q-Film Weekender. This year’s line-up is bigger and better than ever. Join us to celebrate the best in LGBTQIA+ cinema from around the world. 



Dusk – Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that their life is a life half lived haunts Chris, who is torn by ‘what ifs’. Chris imagines what might have been, and is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it’s those that truly define us.

Dawn – a man born in a female body in the 1950s who, due to societal pressures of the time, lives to old age as a woman. Jake Graf was inspired to make the film Dusk when he received an e-mail from a trans woman who shared her experience of living as a gay man into her seventies.

Listen – Featuring young trans actors in trans roles, ‘Listen’ honestly and frankly depicts some of the myriad struggles experienced daily by trans children and teenagers, giving a much needed voice to this often maligned section of the community.

Headspace – Headspace gives a rare and intimate glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by trans folk on a daily basis.


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