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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2015: Gayby Baby

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The lives of four children of same-sex couples are explored in Gayby Baby.  Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham are four Australian kids, whose parents just happen to be gay.  With opponents of same-sex unions arguing that the best circumstances for children are to have both mother and a father, these kids show that this might not be exactly the case.

Gayby Baby is a film that shows that the children of same sex couples have pretty much the same challenges as any other family.  Gus is passionate wrestling fan, though his moms worry that it’s making him too violent.  Ebony is a 12 year old aspiring singer, who wants to get into the prestigious Newtown Performing Arts High.  Graham is a boy living with his dads in Fiji, who begins to have trouble in school.  Finally Matt is having a crisis of faith, due to the church’s stance on same-sex unions.

While Gayby Baby might have a bit too much of a cutesy title, it does help to show that there is really nothing all that unique about the children of same-sex couples.  All of these kids have their own separate challenges, which don’t necessarily have anything to do with their parent’s sexual orientation. Probably the only real expectation are possibly Matt’s moms, who are actively campaigning for the legalization of gay marriage in Australia and there’s a scene that involves the family going to meet the prime minister.  Altogether, Gayby Baby shows that the children of same-sex couples are completely normal individuals, who don’t really need to be in a “traditional” family unit.

★ ★ ★ ★ | LIKED IT

Screenings:

  • Wed, Apr 29, 6:30 PM – Isabel Bader Theatre
  • Fri, May 1, 1:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
  • Sat, May 2, 3:45 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).