GAYBY BABY | REVIEW

BABY is made and released at a perfect time, a time when Australia is showing the rest of the world how backwards we are and how ludicrously stupid and fucktarded our government and excuse for a Prime Minister is. The world over the community is receiving law changes to allow to be classed as just relationships, entitled to the rights of the differing sex, fictional biblical described relationships. Some idiots claim the gays create earthquakes and the destruction of the planet, others claiming the will create children on the planet who are devoid of god and unable to function in normal society. shows what really happens in same sex relations, it does it through the children and it shows what intelligent people imagined would happen, pretty much nothing differing from Straighty McStraighty families. Kids are kids and families are families, regardless of the genitalia involved. screened as part of the 2015 Sydney Film Festival (and still has tickets available for a screening on June 16th at Dendy Newtown!!!), but from what we heard at the screening it will be getting a cinema release later in the year, I think they said October – I will update when I hear the exact dates and locations. It runs for 85mins and has a festival rating of 15+ – I gather the same as an MA15+ rating, don’t know why – should be PG and viewed in schools!

 

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BY JASON KING

I bloody loved the movie, it made me laugh a lot, mainly at Gus haha, and it also made me cry. By the end the tears of happiness were flowing and then they brought in all the families for a Q&A and I was cheering, along with the cinema who gave everyone a huge standing ovation, a well deserved one at that!

The is from the perspective of four children and I borrow from the Gayby Baby website for their descriptions;

GUS:

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.

EBONY:

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.

 

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GAYBY BABY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | POP STAR GONNA BE EBONY

 

GRAHAM:

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.

MATT:

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.

 

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The greatest achievement in the movie is the simplicity of just showing normal families, the gay angle is just a consequence, these are the every day struggles of normal Australians, the only difference is they are prejudiced against and the families must make excuses or changes in habits to occasionally hide their lifestyles. In my day of school I would have been crucified if my parents were gay but this has definitely improved as society adapts to correctness in living but it still has a long way to go and the rest of the world needs to get on board. But change must start locally and we need change to come from our own country.

But enough of the politicising, something these poor families cop enough of!

The film is more in line with the 7 UP movies and for me, nearly as touching as BOYHOOD. As Gus said himself in the Q&A “everyone else’s story is very deep and meaningful but mine was more like the comic relief,” and he is correct, Gus is bloody hysterical, a young crazy kid who is obsessed with wrestling, the words out of his mouth will have you in hysterics and his parents are just parents dealing with a young and incredibly active child. While Ebony struggles with her own issues and desperation to get into Newtown High School of Performing Arts her family’s struggles at home are not about being a lesbian family, it is mainly dealing with Ebony’s younger brother who suffers incredible seizures and this is a priority over a singing career. Graham came from a straight family who neglected him and could not even speak by age five, his adoptive gay parents have moved to Fiji for one of the dad’s jobs and Graham is behind but is on the road to being a very intelligent and literate human being, all from the support from his loving dads! Take that asshole straight parents!

 

GAYBY BABY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MATT STRUGGLES WITH FAITH AND SPORT
GAYBY BABY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MATT STRUGGLES WITH FAITH AND SPORT

 

Then there is Matt, probably the shyest of the kids, who is a sporting kid who loves his mates, his parents and loves his sport. Oddly, his mother is a religious person and Sundays are all about church and she wants Matt to be involved in the church but wants him to make his own decision. His biggest struggle and dislike from the church (understandably) is why does his mother love the church but that same church claims his parents are a sin against god and church. These are faith questions twelve year old children should not be struggling with.

What I learned from this documentary with these amazing families is the simple message: FAMILY COMES FIRST, no questions, no difference to that of straight families.

I wanted to know more about Matt’s mother’s story about her dealing with the church though, I also wanted to desperately know what happened to Ebony’s younger brother and if he is recovering well now and we got explained to us in the Q&A re Graham and Gus. Graham is going so well and as for Gus, we thank the Baby Jebus he is no longer into wrestling haha, still a cheeky kid though :).

has come a long way from the candy bar at Dendy and her direction is as flawless as her intelligence and delicacy with such an important matter. I for one am hoping for a follow up sequel in the coming years, as was a lot of the audience during the Q&A.

 

4 Pops