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The Matrix Director Lilly Wachowski Confirms Movie Is A Trans Story

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 07 Aug 2020 10:28
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Lilly Wachowski, director of The Matrix trilogy, has confirmed the movies are a trans story.

The first film made its debut in 1999, and since then Lilly, along with her sister and co-director Lana, has come out as transgender. Lana did so in 2010, while Lilly followed six years later.

Now Lilly has addressed how many trans people relate to the films, and confirmed the movies do have a transgender narrative.

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Lilly Lilly Netflix Film Club/YouTube

In an interview with Netflix Film Club, Lilly said:

I’m glad that people are talking about The Matrix movies with a trans narrative. I love that’s how meaningful the films are to trans people in the way that they come up to me and say, ‘These movies saved my life’.

When you talk about transformation specifically in the world of science fiction, which is just about imagination and world building and the idea of the seemingly impossible becoming possible, I think is like – that’s why it speaks to them.

She continued that she is glad that it’s emerged that it was the original intention of the movies to have a trans narrative, but added that ‘the world wasn’t quite ready’ for that when the films originally came out.

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Lilly was then asked if her identity played part in the writing and directing of The Matrix.

She said:

I don’t know how present my trans-ness was in the background of my brain as we were writing it but it came from the same sort of fire. Because trans people exist – especially for me and Lana – we were existing in a space where the words didn’t exist so, we were always living in a world of imagination; that’s why I gravitated towards science fiction and fantasy.

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A spokesperson from Mermaids, a British charity and advocacy organisation that supports gender variant and transgender youth, spoke to the Metro on how films like the The Matrix can help the LGBTQ+ community.

They explained:

Forms of escapism like books, movies and TV shows have always provided great solace for people within the trans community and wider LGBTQ+ communities. When fiction addresses themes of transformation or self definition, it’s often not a big stretch to see how a trans person might connect with that.

It may be that, like Lilly, at the time of consuming this media the trans person watching it isn’t quite ready to explore their gender, and therefore find comfort in exploring themselves in a more abstract way through science fiction.

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The fourth instalment of The Matrix franchise is currently in the works and is set to drop April 2022 with Keanu Reeves returning as lead character Neo.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Mindline Trans+ on 0300 330 5468. The line is open 8pm–midnight Mondays and Fridays and is run by trans volunteers.

Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Film and TV, Lana Wachowski, LGBTQ+, Life, Lilly Wachowski, Now, The Matrix, transgender

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  1. Netflix Film Club/YouTube

    Why The Matrix Is a Trans Story According to Lilly Wachowski | Netflix

  2. The Metro

    How The Matrix could help trans people as Lilly Wachowski reveals real meaning behind Keanu Reeves movie