Australian non-binary actor Liv Hewson’s new romantic drama film Under My Skin is streaming in Australia on Stan.
The film follows Denny, a free spirit and artist whose falls in love with lawyer Ryan.
However the couple’s relationship is tested when Denny questions their gender.
Denny tunes into the fact they don’t identify as a cisgender woman, and as a result pressure and tensions escalate with Ryan.
The film’s lead role is played by four different actors: Liv Hewson (pictured), Bobbi Salvor Menuez, Lex Ryan, and Chloe Freeman. Australian actor Alex Russell also plays Ryan.
Under My Skin is the directorial debut of Aussie David O’Donnell, who also wrote the script.
“This is a complex love story for our generation,” O’Donnell explained.
“Our film centres on a gender non-conforming lead [character].
“It was a natural choice to also utilise a non-conforming narrative structure [to] challenge an audience to question conventions.”
Under My Skin now streaming on Stan
David O’Donnell shot Under My Skin in Los Angeles in 2019.
The film premiered in Australia at the Mardi Gras Film Festival earlier this year. It released to streaming on Stan at the weekend.
Producer Raynen O’Keefe, who identifies as trans and non-binary, said four actors playing the lead role “feels very intuitive.”
“The change points of actors are entirely redirections of internal compass for Denny,” they said.
“Simultaneously, the ensemble cast brings a multitude of perspectives to the experience of being non-binary.”
O’Keefe explained, “At this point in history, the casting of trans, gender diverse and non-binary characters with people of lived experience is not only a social responsibility of filmmaking.
“It’s also a moral imperative in the task of uplifting trans and gender diverse stories, voices, and representation.
“Greater trans and gender-diverse authorship [means] authenticity, belonging, and a valuing of the differences, similarities, and intricacies that make up trans experiences.”
Under My Skin is streaming in Australia now on Stan. Watch the trailer below:
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