Over 2019–2020, Escape Velocity will create films to share on this website and across social media alongside some live events and performances.
In August 2019, Escape Velocity released three films: Launch, Open the Door and Dive In, short fictions inspired by actual experiences. Each features a young person facing a challenge and on the cusp of a self-affirming choice, discovery or action.
In October 2019, Escape Velocity invited audiences to Walk the City hand-in-hand with local trans and gender non-conforming young people on a unique journey offering gentle connection and fresh perspectives. Escape Velocity Walks the City was created by Rosana Cade with Ivor MacAskill, Laurie Brown and St Martins as part of Future Echoes at Arts Centre Melbourne.
In November 2019, during Trans Awareness Week, we release a longer, chaptered film, featuring the young people of Escape Velocity speaking directly about their lived experiences of being trans and about navigating public space. The chapters: I Am Who I Am, It Turns, No Way To Stop It, and We Are No Different are self-contained and can be viewed separately.
In early 2020, Escape Velocity will launch an exciting initiative for you to contribute to the project … stay tuned for more.
Each of these films and live events and performances features a young person who was part of the group that developed Escape Velocity.
Escape Velocity 2 – Chapter 1: I Am Who I Am
“I am trans and I am who I am.”
Escape Velocity 2 – Chapter 2: It Turns
“When I wake up in the morning, I think, do I look like a woman today?”
Escape Velocity 2 – Chapter 3: No Way To Stop It
“I asked them is there anything you can do to stop what’s happening.”
Escape Velocity 2 – Chapter 4: We Are No Different
“People like me exist in the world and that’s just something that’s true. Its a fact.”
How does your identity shape your experience of the city?
“An insight into how freely I move about my world. What can I do to help make a change? Everybody needs to do this walk.”
— Escape Velocity Walks the City audience member
For me, it’s about the fact that trans people exist in different contexts. we don’t stop being trans when we go to the doctor’s office. We are not just trans in queer spaces.
– Kian features in Launch set in a Doctor’s office
Cis people need to realize that going to public toilets is one of the most daunting experiences of a trans person’s life, even more so if you aren’t “cis-passing”. Whether it be dirty looks, or threats of violence, using the toilet as a trans person is always a test of courage. I hope this film reveals that trans people are people too and that everyone has the right to access a toilet without fear.
– Wolfie features in Open the Door, at a public bathroom
Coming out sometimes needs to be extravagant to actually get your point across. My hope is that we can get to a point where someone can come out and not make a big fuss, and it just be a conversation like any other. But that wouldn’t make for a good video would it.
– Alice features in Dive In, at a swimming pool with classmates