“I am a gayby (a person with gay parents) and I have a story to tell about kids like me”
- Australian Director Maya Newell
Charlotte Mclellan and Maya Newell are making a documentary called Gayby Baby, a film about the experiences of children growing up in same-sex families. Over Mardi Gras (17th - 12th March) in Sydney, they are running a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to travel to Alice Springs where the stories continue…
Australia is in the midst of a gayby-boom. Twenty-four percent of gay and lesbian couples are now raising a child and their queer spawn are invisibly roaming Australian streets and schools.
In the '70s and '80s, when same-sex marriage and IVF for lesbian mothers was just a pipe dream, some decided not to wait on progress, but to create it. These first generation gaybies have grown-up, and together with an increasing number of gayby children they're a cultural phenomenon we know nothing about. Who are they? And what is it like to grow up with same-sex parents?
While most kids are grappling with the idea of Man + Woman = Baby, gaybies are fluent in IVF technologies. They are well versed on how to hide their families, see a very different side to sexual discrimination, and it is largely unrecognized that gaybies have to 'come out' too. The documentary will explore what our schools are teaching kids about "family", what exactly is a 'father figure' and are they important? And how does a teenager complain about their parents when they're always trying to prove their family has a right to exist?
Gayby Baby will follow the newest generation of gaybies as they speak openly about their woes and passions; what’s great about their family, and what’s not. For some of them, being a gayby doesn’t matter at all, while for others its, at times an uncomfortable reality.
At a time when same-sex marriage is being passionately discussed worldwide, this film turns to the kids who live in the middle of the debate and, rather than speculating (as has been done so long by experts, politicians and activists), it asks the kids plain and simple, what is it really like having gay parents?
Gayby Baby is a child’s eye view of our newest breed of family.
Crowdfunding enables filmmakers and audiences to join forces and make films that want to be made, and films that want to be seen.
To find out how you can help get this film made visit us at gaybybaby.pozible.com. Or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates, photos and more www.facebook.com/GaybyBaby. Twitter: @gaybybaby
Gayby Baby Productions
Charlotte McLellan (producer) has been producer’s assistant to Penny Chapman, Helen Panckhurst & Helen Bowden (of Matchbox Pictures) on a number of productions including documentary Leaky Boat, Doc-series Sex: An Unnatural History, and TV dramas The Straits, My Place and The Slap. She has made two shorts, which have screened at Flickerfest, Byron Bay Int’l Film Fest, and has been awarded a Kodak Award and an ArtStart screenwriter’s scholarship.
Maya Newell (director) has made a number of short-form documentaries including ‘Richard’ and ‘Two’ that have been screened at film festivals such as SilverDocs, Slamdance, Sarasota, Adelaide and Perth Revelation. She received an award in 2011 for Best Australian New Talent in Documentary at AIDC in Adelaide.