Creating Your Own Path

Morgan explains the difference between assigned and preferred gender in an intimate portrait from filmmaker Lucy Brydon. In this simple yet powerful piece, the camera steadily observes Morgan as he climbs out of bed and dresses for the day, while explaining via voice over how he masculine in spite of being born in a woman’s body.

Through this respectful collaboration between subject and filmmaker, The Space in Between offers an honest, vulnerable account of being born into a body that doesn’t feel like your own, and how to take control of your identity and ultimately create your own path to happiness. 

Brydon is a director and writer from Edinburgh whose first feature film Body of Water launches this year, and whose short films have led her to work on Netflix’s hit teen show Sex Education, which returned for its second season earlier in 2020. 

The Space in Between played at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival – which celebrates its 10th edition this year – as part of its Artists’ Film strand. This programme, which bends the boundaries of visual art while playing with scope and genre, uses multidisciplinary filmmaking to interpret themes ranging from the environment to architecture and cultural shifts under the deeply personal direction of voices from all over the world. Through this strand, allow your perspective to be altered through perceptions of the real, the surreal, the past and present captured via beautiful moving image.

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-Qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.