Australian documentary Gayby baby has just recieved the final $100,000 they need to finish production on a documentary that gives a voice to the children of same sex parents.
With 24% of gay and lesbian parents worldwide starting families, we now have more babies then ever before being born into same sex parent households.
We are in the midst of a gayby boom.
Gayby Baby takes a look at the lives of children with gay parents, telling their stories and shedding light on what its like to grow up in a queer household. This will be the first feature length documentary to cover this topic and the filmmakers say it is about time the children were given a voice amongst a worldwide equal marriage debate.
The creatives behind the documentary are Maya Newell and Charlotte McLellan, two emerging filmmakers from Sydney. “Gayby Baby is a child’s eye view of our newest breed of family” they say.
Newell and McLellan sought the help of the public to fundraise the $100,000 needed to finish filming and post production and reached their goal just before Christmas.
Director, Maya Newell says this project is close to her heart ”I am a “gayby” – a person with gay parents – and I want to tell the story of children growing up in families like mine. When I was a kid, there were not many other children with gay parents. I would have loved to have been able to watch a film and feel that my experiences were shared. So I’ve decided to make that film.”
“I have loved growing up with two mothers. In my opinion, children need love, security and support, and it doesn’t matter if that is given by one parent, two parents or more. I hope that in watching this film audiences will be inspired to interrogate “what is family” and how and by whom is it defined.”
“For me, family is the community you create. It lives in the simplest acts, like laughing at the dinner table, or being pushed up to the sky on a swing so that you think you know what it means to fly. It is being forced to do the washing up, crying because you don’t want to go to bed, and the frustration of having your nose blown for you.”
With the money they need to finish the documentary secured, Newell and McLellan say they are excited to wrap things up and release Gayby Baby into the world.
| Sarah Murphy