We are creating a short film about Tom, a 10-year-old boy who prefers to be addressed as Mrs McCutcheon.
Having always felt he was born in the wrong body, Tom also prefers the flow of a dress rather than the cut of a pant. Now at his third school, Tom is having trouble settling in and finding acceptance from his newfound peers, except for Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to what he wears on his skin – his Aboriginal heritage. With the school dance only days away, Tom is thrust on a journey of self-discovery and sacrifices to find his place in the world.
Mrs McCutcheon is a romantic comedy with a big heart. It’s a story about a little boy trying to get the world around him to accept who he is. The film’s central characters feel isolated and unsupported in environments that reflect the complete opposite, a schoolroom that is exploding in fairground colours of craft work, paintings, books and fish; a home that is saturated with fresh floral arrangements on a daily basis.
Mrs McCutcheon is written by the talented Western Australian filmmaker Ben Young and directed by multi-award-winning theatre director John Sheedy, in his first foray into the world of film.
Mrs McCutcheon, despite its short format and streamlined production, features a stellar creative team and cast with vast experience in the art of moving storytelling.
The film is entirely a work of fiction that is based on emotional experience and not just plot alone. It’s about a little boy – who could be anyone of us, fighting to stay true to himself. Aside from understated, naturalistic performances, Mrs McCutcheon will be a charming film with distinctive visual and narrative style.