Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

“An unexpected and profound reckoning
with conventions of masculinity, self-definition and biology.”
– Cineuropa

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man.

Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy quickly realises that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting; this was not part of his plan.

Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.

Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society’s fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family.

“Turns this potentially tabloid sideshow into something tender and moving.”
– SlashFilm

Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story about conception, pregnancy, birth and what makes us who we are.

Previous festival appearances for Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth include
HotDocs, Canada
Tribeca Film Festival, USA

Session Time

Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Sat 1 Jun
04:30 PM
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre
Mon 3 Jun
06:45 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Sun 16 Jun
04:15 PM
Wellington | Light House Cuba
Wed 19 Jun
06:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2
Sat 22 Jun
06:15 PM
91 min
United Kingdom
Jeanie Finlay