Transamerica tells the story of transgender woman Sabrina ‘Bree’ Osbourne, who meets the son she never knew she had. Once bailing him out of prison, the pair go on a road-trip across America.
The film stars Felicity Huffman as Bree, who is best known for role as Lynette in award winning television series Desperate Housewives. Huffman’s portrayal of Bree earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, as well as a Best Actress nomination at the Golden Globes. Bree’s son Toby is played by Kevin Zegers.
After the screening of the film, academics from the Department of Psychology will host a Q+A to discuss relevant issues brought up by the film.
Bryan Bonaparte, Visiting Lecturer and Module Leader in Psychology, commented on the purpose of the Psychology at the Movies series, saying:
“Using movies is proving to be very effective. This has led firstly, to me setting up the Psychology Film Club in our Department at Cavendish Campus and now to the idea of using movies to learn and debate perspectives of psychology and human behaviour, not just with students and staff but for the wider public.
“The mere act of movie-watching can improve mood (emotional), serve as a bonding experience with friends (social), engage memory and attention in a healthy workout (cognitive) and serve as a good, clean source of fun on a night out (behavioural). Furthermore, both ‘movies as a coping tool’ and ‘movies as a metaphor’ offers psychological exploration. So we launched Psychology at the Movies at the Regent Street Cinema, the birthplace of British cinema.”
Psychology at the Movies gives the audience the opportunity to see old and new films through a new lens, including some films that have never been seen on a big screen before but only on DVD or online. The interactive session takes place every first Thursday of the month with different films and speakers.
This event is open to the public and tickets are limited on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are £11, but University of Westminster students can attend for a discounted price of £6, and staff for £7.