Make A Scene with the Oscars & 'A Fantastic Woman'

The Oscar-nominated A Fantastic Woman comes to HOME on Friday 2nd March 2018 and will launch in Manchester with a series of special events produced by Instigate Arts and Make A Scene, all celebrating the film and Manchester’s trailblazing trans women.

By Ben Brown | Last updated 2 March 2018

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A Fantastic Woman is a ground-breaking, captivating and life-affirming story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance, anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega.

Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner. Facing harassment and suspicion from both her partner’s family and the authorities, the film is a defiant declaration of Marina’s status as a woman – and a fantastic one, at that.

A Fantastic Woman comes to Manchester with a special series of events across the city celebrating fantastic trans women and opening up further conversations around trans visibility, representation and rights.

The events are as diverse as the women behind them from an after-work pop-up cabaret featuring trans performance artist Kate O’Donnell to A Fantastic Party (Friday 2nd March from 20.00 til 1am, at Tribeca in The Village) a free party celebrating the launch night of the film which features a fierce line-up of trans DJs including Grace Oni Smith and Marilyn Misandry.

There will be a special screening of the film on Sunday 4th March at 17.45 at HOME which will be followed by a panel discussion about trans visibility in real life and on film – the panel will be chaired by trans comedian Shon Faye and will feature Kate O Donnell, Grace Oni Smith, The LGBT Foundation’s Aimee Linfield and poet AJ McKenna who will also perform her poetry before the film.

On the evening of Sunday 4th March until the early hours of Monday morning, Manchester’s LGBTQI Film Club Make A Scene will be cheering on A Fantastic Woman at their live screening of the Academy Awards ceremony where the film is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film category and Daneila Vega will be the first trans woman in history to present at the ceremony.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the special panel screening at HOME and Make A Scene – The Oscars LIVE! All other events are unticketed and free to attend;

A Fantastic Party!
Friday 2nd March, 8pm
On the launch night of the film join a line up of trans DJs including Grace Oni Smith and Marilyn Misandry at Tribeca for a FREE after party celebrating the film. Music, visuals and cocktails this party is open to everyone especially for anyone who has just gone to see the film – show you’re a Fantastic Woman ticket stub at the bar for special drinks offers.

Tribeca, 50 Sackville Street, Manchester

A Fantastic Woman – Special screening with post-screening discussion.
Sunday 4th March, 5.45pm
A chance to watch the film that has recently been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and is the first film with a trans actress playing a trans role to ever be nominated. A panel of trans women from around the country will be discussing the film, its importance, trans representation on film and the themes of acceptance and resistance at the heart of the film as well as discussing their lives and work as trans women in 2018.

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HOME, 2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester

Make A Scene – The Oscars LIVE!
Sunday 4th March, 9.30pm
Join Manchester’s LGBTQI Film Club for an all night live screening of the Oscars and red carpet where along with drag performances, special food and cocktails, quizzes, games and a real red carpet – you’ll be cheering on A Fantastic Woman to make history and be the first film of its kind to win at the Academy Awards.

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Texture, 67 Lever Street, Manchester