Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Butterfly, the new powerful trans drama on ITV

Butterfly is a the three-part TV mini-series from Bafta winner Tony Marchant for ITV, focused in the live of a transgender child and his family.

Butterfly follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Max (Callum Booth-Ford), who decides that he wants to live life as a girl. He’s always dressed as a girl at home, but now he doesn't want to hide who he is outside of the family home.

His mum Vicky (Anna Friel) and dad, Stephen (Emmett John Scanlan), no longer live together, which puts additional pressure on Max as he yearns for an idyllic home life. However, whilst Vicky and Stephen agree that Max’s wellbeing should be their number one focus, they have very different ideas on how he should act.

As Max’s transition to Maxine (Millie Gibson) looks set to be thwarted by Vicky and Stephen’s disagreements, the family are faced with the ultimate test of love and understanding.

Scanlan declared: “It’s basically a drama about ordinary people put into an extraordinary situation,” When he was asked how he would feel if his daughter was trans, he answered: “There’s a great line in the show when Vicky says, and I’m paraphrasing here, ‘It’s better to have a daughter than a dead son’, and that really resonated with me."

“All I want for my daughter is to feel happy, to feel loved, to feel accepted in this world that likes to compartmentalise everything because we’re afraid of challenging our idea of what ‘normal’ is. I just want her to be happy,” he added.

Watch the trailer below:

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