By Don Simpson | September 9, 2015
Director: Maureen Bradley
Writer: Maureen Bradley
Starring: Gavin Crawford, Naomi Snieckus, Gabrielle Rose, Andrea Menard, Matt Baram, Chris Mackie, Matt Hamilton, Dean Wray, Demelza Randall
Adam (Gavin Crawford) is a lesbian in the midst of transitioning to become a man. All the while, Adam’s girlfriend from his lesbian years, Miriam (Naomi Snieckus), intends to artificially inseminate herself. Somehow Miriam unknowingly ends up impregnating Adam instead.
While that setup might sound ridiculously outlandish, Maureen Bradley’s Two 4 One presents the outlandish premise with enough realism to make it pretty believable. Bradley could have easily taken this story in a comedic freak show direction, showing Adam navigate the world as a visibly pregnant transgendered man, goatee and all. Instead, she gracefully avoids that part of the narrative, dealing solely with the time before Adam begins to show. Two 4 One focuses on the confusion and fear around the situation, naturally conveying the clusterfuck of emotions that are pouring through Adam’s mind. Adam is just a “bottom surgery” away from being fully male, and he wants nothing more than to be a man, but his pregnancy obviously throws a wrench in that plan. Transgendering is complicated enough without navigating a pregnancy in the middle of the process.
That said, it is also remarkable just how positive Bradley’s film is. Everyone in this film is overwhelmingly accepting of Adam’s sexuality and gender, even his fellow construction workers are cool. It might seem like a fantasy world compared to the reality for most transgenders, but I do not think that Bradley is shirking off their struggle for acceptance, she is merely taking this opportunity to present things how they should be.
While some will certainly fault Two 4 One for not casting a transgendered actor to play Adam, Gavin Crawford convincingly plays a woman who is in the process of transgendering into a man. Crawford presents Adam as an awkward character who is uncomfortable in his own skin, but finds himself teetering on the cusp of developing self-confidence. This is a beautifully developed character who seems to do great justice to the transgender community.
Two 4 One screens as part of the 28th annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF). For more information, check out the aGLIFF Program.