DIRECTING THE PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY

An Intersex Adventure

▶ By Phoebe Hart

 

 

I was meant to be famous by age 40. At least, that’s what a psychic told me when I was still a teenager. And who wouldn’t want to be famous, right? So I enrolled in film school and began my career as a filmmaker. A decade after I visited that fortuneteller, I was working for a major Australian network as a documentary researcher and writer on a weekly salary. I loved making documentaries, but I felt at this rate, it’d be years before I’d get a real break to make a name for myself.

I’m not sure why I felt such a need to succeed. What could possibly be the explanation? I had modeled myself upon my father’s rugged individualism, perhaps? He was a classic “self-made ...

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