TRANSFORMER Film Premiere Coming To Australia February 2019
From white trash kid born into a rural conservative area , to decorated U.S. Marine, bodybuilder, world record powerlifter, and father of three sons, TRANSFORMER is the fiercely human story that documents the aftermath of when the World’s Strongest Man was publicly outed to the world as transgender, the aftermath of emotional destruction it left behind, and the journey of strength and shear resilience as the world said goodbye to Matt Kroczaleski, and hello, Janae Marie Kroc.
Kroc’s story is one that resonates with society on a global scale, illustrating how in a single moment a person can be shot down and completely transform from standing tall with confident demeanour, to deflated and afraid. In the summer of 2015, when Kroc was publicly outed as being transgender, the reaction was universal: her sponsors
abandoned her, she was disowned by her parents, banned from competing; her most real self was met with inflamed darts of negativity, lies, and halftruths designed to destroy.
TRANSFORMER follows Janae as she attempts to find her place in society. Initially wanting to strip off the muscle and become a much smaller looking woman, she found herself unable to lose the muscle she so desperately gained. She now finds herself living one day as an alpha male and the next day as a delicate woman, whilst raising three
sons and building a platform to encourage other transpeople to not be afraid to live their real lives.
Janae is touring Australia as part of the official Australian TRANSFORMER premiere, where she will showcase the film and engage in an indepth Q&A with the audience. Taking centre stage, Janae will be able to spotlight the struggles and triumphs in transitioning in the 21st century, highlighting fundamental crosses and concerns relevant in the LGBTQIA community. The feature film is set to shine light on the much needed redemption our culture needs to capture. Mums and dads, children and grandchildren, the world over, need to be freed from the chains of unworthiness and perfection, voicing a fresh, redefined definition of success.
Australia Tour Dates:
Melbourne: 22nd February 2019, Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Sydney: 23rd February 2019, Ritz Cinema, 45 St Pauls St, Randwick NSW 2031
TRANSFORMER was produced by Tad Munnings and Paul Kemp of Storystream Creative with support from the CBC’s documentary channel, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, and the Canadian Media Fund. At the 2018 Hot Docs festival, TRANSFORMER won several awards including the Rogers Award for best documentary, the emerging
filmmaker award and the overall audience award. Additionally, the film was awarded the audience award and best feature documentary award at the Austin Film Festival.
TRANSFORMER focuses on Kroczaleski in the wake of her outing, the losses she faced in her career, her newest and most serious effort to transition, and her evolving relationships not only with the people in her life, but with herself. “Because of me being this alpha male, being big and muscular, and also being transgender, it’s easy to try
and flip this into some kind of freak show. I had a couple places that tried to sensationalise the story [and] that’s what I was most concerned about,” says Janae Kroc.
The film features Janae raising her three teenage sons, coping with her parents’ reactions, and her undergoing vocal and facial feminisation surgery. The documentary shows the struggle Janae endures as she fights for her identity and place in society.
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