AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 4-10: ABOUT RAY

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about ray posterOpening Dec. 31, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is About Ray, which stars Elle Fanning (Malificent, Trumbo) as a young woman who makes the decision to transition from female to male. Read on…

Written by Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, Pennsylvania) and directed by BAFTA Scotland-nominated British filmmaker Gaby Dellal (On a Clear Day, Angels Crest), the drama also stars Naomi Watts as Ray’s mother who struggles to come to terms with her daughter’s life choices while also trying to track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) who needs to co-sign the consent form for his daughter’s gender reassignment surgery. Completing the trio of exceptional women is Susan Sarandon, who takes the role of Ray’s lesbian grandmother; a woman who also finds it difficult to accept Ray’s transexuality.

A colourful family drama populated with a cast of exceptional actors, About Ray takes an intimate, sensitive look at the fluid nature of identity and the redemptive power of acceptance.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Nell Minnow: About Ray — exploring the infinite variations of human gender and sexuality and the infinite love of family.

Jennifer Merin: Commanding performances by three powerful actresses in a film that’s directed and written by women. That’s About Ray, and I’m all for it!

Film Details:
Title: About Ray
Director: Gaby Dellal
Release Date: December 31, 2015
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): New York City, USA
Principal Cast: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon
Screenwriter: Nikole Beckwith
Production Company: Big Beach Films, IM Global, InFilm Productions
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

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Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.