Orchids : My Intersex Adventure

Hart, Phoebe (2010) Orchids : My Intersex Adventure. [Film/Video]

Orchids_movie_poster_v2 (Image: JPEG 1MB)
Orchids press pack (PDF 7MB)
Supplemental Material.
Orchids press pack - captioned photos (PDF 308kB)
Supplemental Material.
[img] Research Statement (MS Word 2007 17kB)
Supplemental Material.
Administrators only | Request a copy from author
[img] Article in Frankie Magazine (Image: JPEG 306kB)
Supplemental Material.
Image credit: Frankie Magazine
Administrators only | Request a copy from author

View at publisher


Orchids: My Intersex Adventure is a multi-award winning autobiographical documentary film.

The film follows documentary filmmaker, Phoebe Hart, as she comes clean on her journey of self-discovery to embrace her future and reconcile the past shame and family secrecy surrounding her intersex condition. Despite her mother’s outright refusal to be in the film, Phoebe decides she must push on with her quest to resolve her life story and connect with other intersex people on camera. With the help of her sister Bonnie and support from her partner James, she hits the open road and reflects on her youth.

Phoebe’s happy and carefree childhood came to an abrupt end at puberty when she was told she would never menstruate nor have children. But the reasons why were never discussed and the topic was taboo. At the age of 17, Phoebe’s mother felt she was old enough to understand the true nature of her body and the family secret was finally revealed. Phoebe then faced an orchidectomy, invasive surgery to remove her undescended testes, the emotional scars of which are still raw today. Phoebe’s road trip around Australia exposes her to the stories of other intersex people and holds a mirror to her own experience. She learns valuable lessons in resilience and healing but also sees the pervasive impact her condition has on all her relationships.

At home, Phoebe and James want to start a family but dealing with infertility and the stress of the adoption process puts pressure on their marriage. Phoebe also starts to understand the difficult decisions her parents faced and is excited but apprehensive when they eventually agree to be interviewed. Will talking openly with her mother give Phoebe the answers she has been looking for?

The film was produced and directed by Phoebe Hart and commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The film premiered at the Brisbane International Film Festival in 2010 where it was voted the number one film of the festival by audiences. Orchids was broadcast on ABC1 in Australia in 2012, appeared in more than 50 film festivals internationally and has since been broadcast nationally in Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Spain, France, Russia, Poland, Germany and the USA.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

2,273 since deposited on 29 Jan 2014
265 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 66772
Item Type: Creative Work (Film/Video)
Refereed: No
Additional Information:

All international broadcast sales enquiries should directed to:

First Hand Films | The Shortcut to Quality
International Sales & Services
Main Office Fritz Heeb – Weg 5
8050 Zürich
Tel: 41 44 312 2060
Fax: 41 44 312 2080

In North America:

Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, NY NY 10013
Tel: 1-212-925-0606
Fax: 1-212.925.2052

Streaming for educational clients available in Australia and New Zealand via Kanopy.

All Australian and New Zealand broadcast sales and distribution enquiries and all worldwide film festival screening enquiries should be directed to:

PO Box 103
Coorparoo QLD 4151

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure is a JTV Doc ABC/Screen Australia initiative produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Bonnie Hart
  • Vanessa Milton
  • Davin Patterson
  • Biddy Connor
  • Tfer Newsome
  • John Willsteed
Funders: Screen Australia, Screen Queensland
Material: Television program
Measurements or Duration: 60 minutes
Number of Pieces: 1
Additional URLs:
Keywords: documentary, autobiography, intersex, television, gender
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Harflicker Moving Pictures
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2014 23:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2015 04:23

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page